After months of “short circuiting” on her excuses for and defense of her use of a private email server, Hillary Clinton has finally “revealed” why she used one in the first place. Most of us, of course, know that “short circuiting” is just Hillaryspeak for what normal people just call “lying.” James Comey blew a number of lies out of the water while reading the FBI’s verdict, which damaged her trustworthiness still more, even if she did get off the hook legally.Now, it turns out Hillary’s trying to push blame for the whole fiasco on someone else entirely: Colin Powell. As the New York Times writes: Pressed by the F.B.I. about her email practices at the State Department, Hillary Clinton told investigators that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account.
The account is included in the notes the Federal Bureau of Investigation handed over to Congress on Tuesday, relaying in detail the three-and-a-half-hour interview with Mrs. Clinton in early July that led to the decision by James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, not to pursue criminal charges against her.
Separately, 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.
The journalist Joe Conason first reported the conversation between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Powell in his coming book about Bill Clinton’s postpresidency, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which The Times received an advanced copy of.
Of course, as PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil notes, that’s all nonsense. Powell’s office released a statement Friday saying the former secretary “has no recollection of the dinner conversation.” The statement did admit, however, that Powell “did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of a personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”The statement emphasized, however, that “at the time, there was no equivalent system within the department.” Also, Powell “used a secure state computer on his desk to manage classified information.”
As Townhall’s Guy Benson explained in February, there are two key distinctions: Powell did not set up a “recklessly unsecure private emails server” and conduct all official business on it, and Powell only received two emails which were retroactively classified (at the lowest level of classification!).
Clinton’s email was not through a company like AOL, but on her own private server, which was likely hacked by foreign powers like the Russians and the Chinese, according to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Even the Times admitted that “Powell did not have a server at his house or rely on outside contractors, as Mrs. Clinton did at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y.”And as we know, Hillary did use that email server for sending and receiving classified information, while Powell did not. This is yet another case of Hillary trying to push her poor judgement onto someone else. Unfortunately for her, Colin Powell isn’t willing to quietly take the fall for her.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]