It’s been revealed that during a three-and-a-half-hour interview with the FBI, Hillary Clinton said that former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised her to use her personal email account for work.
She told the FBI that Colin Powell gave her that advice before she became Secretary of State:
But speaking to Page Six Saturday, Powell said that she had been using her personal email for a year when he told her he used to do the same thing.
Speaking at Apollo in the Hamptons — a fundraiser for the Apollo theater — Powell said: ‘The truth is she was using (her personal email) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did (during my term).
‘Her people have been trying to pin it on me.’
When asked why they might want to do that, Powell replied: ‘Why do you think?’
The following report, however, seems to contradict Powell’s claim that Hillary had already been using her personal server for a year before he gave that advice, while at the same time confirming that he cautioned her to not use it for classified communications:
An excerpt in the Times regales a dinner party Madeleine Albright hosted for Clinton near the beginning of her four-year tenure at the State Department.
‘Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,’ Conason says.
‘Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.’
Even so, the fact remains that “Not only did Clinton use her own server” — including sometimes for classified communications — “she kept it a secret from the government. Its existence was revealed only after she concluded her term as secretary of state.”