Much to the chagrin of Republicans hoping to get traction out of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email “scandal”, their entire talking point has received a stake through the heart. Respected former Secretary of State, General Colin L. Powell, a lifelong Republican, was the individual who advised Clinton to use a personal email account.
The bombshell revelation comes from the release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s notes of their conversations with Hillary Clinton, which were released at the behest of Congressional Republicans. According to the New York Times Clinton disclosed during the three-and-a-half hour conversation with the FBI:
Hillary Clinton told investigators that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account. In a 2009 email exchange that also emerged during the F.B.I. questioning, Mrs. Clinton, who had already decided to use private email,asked Mr. Powell about his email practices when he was the nation’s top diplomat under George W. Bush, according to a person with direct knowledge of Mr. Powell’s appearance in the documents, who would not speak for attribution.
This account was further corroborated by Joe Canason in his book “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.” In the book Canason writes:
Powell told her (Clinton) to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.
However, Powell’s office released a statement which said he had “no recollection” of such a conversation, which will add further fuel to the fire about this entire charade. The point remains that Powell has already been on the record stating he also used personal email, yet Republicans have not set out to have the former general prosecuted like they have with Clinton. This clearly shows a set of hypocritical favoritism, which is par for the course in the Republican political sphere.