Former secretary of state Colin Powell said on Sunday that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been trying to ‘pin’ her private email server use on him.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Clinton and Powell allegedly discussed their email practices during a dinner after she took over the role of Secretary Of State in 2009. Clinton reportedly told the FBI that Powell recommended the use of a private email account.
Powell fired back at Clinton on Sunday, telling Page Six she was using a private email server before they had the alleged dinner discussion.
“The truth is she was using it for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did [during my term of Secretary of State],” Powell told Page Six. “Her people have been trying to pin it on me.”
According to an account from journalist Joe Conason, which is discussed in his book “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” everyone in attendance at the dinner was asked to give Clinton one piece of advice.
Conason wrote, “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.”
Powell, however, did not have a private email server set up at his own home and “did not use outside contractors, as Clinton did.”
A statement was released by Powell’s office late Thursday, in which he stated he had no recollection of the dinner conversation.