Here’s a little story that’s pretending to be a big story, but it doesn’t seem to do much except throw another name out there to divert any expectation of personal responsibility from the most qualified presidential candidate in history.
The New York Times reported Thursday that, according to notes taken by the FBI during Clinton’s interview and recently handed over to the House Oversight Committee, former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised Clinton over dessert at a dinner party to keep her personal email address.
Hillary Clinton told FBI Colin Powell advised her to use private email: NYT https://t.co/N7cKo6uTkY
— CNBC (@CNBC) August 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton Told F.B.I. Colin Powell Advised Her to Use Private Email https://t.co/J9K5aZZ6ad
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 19, 2016
— Zach Gluckow (@ZachGluckow) August 19, 2016
So, the next leader of the free world just took his advice and ran with it — or, more accurately, ran wild with it? The Times notes that Powell’s own experience didn’t quite match Clinton’s; as in, he didn’t have a contractor install a personal, private email server in his home, and he reportedly advised Clinton to use a secure, State Department computer to pass along any classified communications.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) August 19, 2016
If the press were ever given the chance to ask Clinton about this distinction, certainly she’d shrug and insist again that she never sent or received anything “marked” classified. Even that excuse is bogus, and as plenty have observed, for such a commanding leader, Clinton certainly relies on others to make the obvious clear to her, such as what’s classified and what isn’t.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 19, 2016
@CNBC Now she's blaming the Republican guy? So the buck will stop on a Republican guy's desk? Bahaha
— JM (@FinsUpSailor) August 19, 2016
@CNBC Oh, that explains it then. It's the devil made me do it defense.
— janet cox (@JanetMiloali) August 19, 2016
— Beatlegal09 (@Beatlegal09) August 19, 2016
@CNBC That merely makes BOTH of them guilty of breaking the law. Now enforce the law.
— Thom Paine (@PaineInTheNeck) August 19, 2016
Best of all is the Times noting that Powell wrote about his use of a personal email account in his memoir, “It Worked for Me,” which isn’t such a bad summary of the entire email debacle. Despite a list of rules directing the use of secure, government-approved communication devices and an official email address, Clinton did what worked for her.