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Colin Powell says Clinton trying to pin e-scandal on him

American statesman, four-star general, Republican, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell has responded to Hillary Clinton's claims that he suggested she use a personal email system. Powell responded by saying Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is trying to dodge the drama and "pin" the scandal on him.

Reports in mid-August revealed "Clinton told the FBI that Powell detailed to her his email practices under George W. Bush." These reports referenced a specific section in an upcoming Bill Clinton’s post-presidency book reading, “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.”

The Former Republican Secretary of State stated he "had no recollection of this conversation with Clinton."

Powell expanded the statement to The New York Post by stating “The truth is she was using it (her personal email) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

He added that, “her people have been trying to pin it on me,” but it didn’t bother him. This information was detailed in FBI’s notes that were given to Congress with reference to the agency’s questioning in July which resulted in Director James Comey choosing to pass on filing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over the misuse of classified information.

Colin Luther Powell
Colin Luther Powell

From the Smithsonian, a Colin Powell portrait Ronald Sherr shows General Colin Powell in front of Theodore Roosevelt Hall at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Colin Luther Powell (born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State. | Photo: The Smithsonian | Link |

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Colin Luther Powell, born April 5, 1937, is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War.

Born in Harlem as the son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first of two consecutive black office-holders to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

Political views

A liberal Republican, Powell is well known for his willingness to support liberal or centrist causes. He is pro-choice regarding abortion, and in favor of "reasonable" gun control. He stated in his autobiography that he supports affirmative action that levels the playing field, without giving a leg up to undeserving persons because of racial issues. Powell was also instrumental in the 1993 implementation of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy, though he later supported its repeal as proposed by Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen in January 2010, saying "circumstances had changed".

The Vietnam War had a profound effect on Powell's views of the proper use of military force. These views are described in detail in the autobiography My American Journey. The Powell Doctrine, as the views became known, was a central component of U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf War (the first U.S. war in Iraq) and U.S. invasion of Afghanistan (the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks). The hallmark of both operations was strong international cooperation, and the use of overwhelming military force.

Powell was the subject of controversy in 2004 when, in a conversation with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, he reportedly referred to neoconservatives within the Bush administration as "fucking crazies." In addition to being reported in the press (although the expletive was generally censored in the U.S. press), the quotation was used by James Naughtie in his book, The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency, and by Chris Patten in his book, Cousins and Strangers: America, Britain, and Europe in a New Century.

In a September 2006 letter to Sen. John McCain, General Powell expressed opposition to President Bush's push for military tribunals of those formerly and currently classified as enemy combatants. Specifically, he objected to the effort in Congress to "redefine Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention." He also asserted: "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism."

Powell endorsed President Obama in 2008 and again in 2012. When asked why he is still a Republican on Meet the Press he said, "I’m still a Republican. And I think the Republican Party needs me more than the Democratic Party needs me. And you can be a Republican and still feel strongly about issues such as immigration, and improving our education system, and doing something about some of the social problems that exist in our society and our country. I don’t think there's anything inconsistent with this."

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