Hillary Clinton has had plenty of scapegoats when it comes to the personal email server she used to mishandle classified information when she was secretary of state. First it was the fact that she wanted to use just one device. Tomorrow, it’ll probably be an ominous tarot reading from Miss Cleo (God rest her soul). Today, though, the scapegoat is Colin Powell.
Powell, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, is alleged in a new book by liberal writer Joe Conason to have advised Clinton to use the private email server.
“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,” Mr. Conason wrote, according to The New York Times. “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.”
Let’s start with the fact that the last part complete invalidates this excuse, since even FBI Director James Comeyadmits that she handled classified information on the server. However, there’s also the matter of Powell, who says he has no idea where Conason or Hillary got this from.
“General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department,” Powell’s office said in a statement, according to MSNBC (via the Washington Free Beacon).
“At the time, there was no equivalent system within the department. He used a secure state computer on his desk to manage classified information. The general no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton.”
Keep in mind that this was a personal account used for unclassified info, as opposed to what Clinton did, which was to essentially use it for almost all of her email. Secondly, I’d like to point out that Colin Powell is one of the most politically independent men in American politics. It seems unlikely that he wouldn’t remember a conversation like this, or that he wouldn’t acknowledge it if were reported.
It makes us wonder who the next scapegoat is going to be. Because, rest assured, there’s going to be another one.
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(via: Conservative Tribune)