As hacked and leaked personal emails by former Secretary of State Colin Powell continue to shed light on his thoughts about America’s presidential candidates, it would seem that he had some less-than-stellar opinions regarding fellow former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris,” Powell wrote in a hacked 2015 email leaked by DC Leaks. The former Secretary of State sent that message as part of his correspondence with private equity businessman Jeffrey Leeds, who said Clinton’s email scandal was getting worse.
In recent weeks, the Clinton campaign has tried to justify the controversy over her private email by saying that Powell had a private system of his own during his tenure as head of the State Department. Powell has urged Clinton to recognize the differences between their two cases, and that citing his advice will not excuse her from the full implications of the scandal.
As The Intercept noted, Powell’s emails also show that he claims to have repeatedly told Clinton’s staff not to drag him into her controversy, and that they “are going to d*** up the legitimate and necessary use of emails with friggin record rules.” Powell also bemoaned that Clinton overcharged a university that asked her to speak there, which forced them to cancel plans to have him as well.
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