Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has reared its ugly head once again. Despite calling herself a no excuse type person she pointed a finger at a predecessor of hers. Reports indicate she pointed her finger at former Secretary of State Colin Powell by saying he advised her to use a private email account – to conduct official State Department business on.
She apparently made the statement last month during her FBI interrogation that lasted three and a half hours. The informant who gave this information was familiar with notes taken during the meeting.
Powell has openly admitted to using a private email account. However, he never used a private server and specifically cautioned against using a private email account for classified information. He also never hired private contractors like Clinton did or have a server in his basement, which are major differences.
The New York Times reported,
“A State Department inspector general report released in May said that Mr. Powell and other senior officials had used personal email accounts for official business, but that by the time Mrs. Clinton took office the rules were clear that using a private server in such a manner was neither allowed nor encouraged because of “significant security risks.”
Despite not pursuing criminal charges FBI Director James Comey said that Clinton’s actions were incredibly careless. Which enraged many as they felt she should be prosecuted.
A Time magazine political reporter Zeke Miller tweeted on social media,
Hillary Clinton Told F.B.I. Colin Powell Advised Her to Use Private Email https://t.co/J9K5aZZ6ad
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 19, 2016
Others were also none to pleased with Hillary Clinton’s behavior calling it a pass the buck type situation,
Always someone else to blame Right @HillaryClinton
— Captain Blood (@RevRodFitz1954) August 19, 2016
@amychozick she finally found a way to blame Bush Administration.
— Debbie (@debluc745) August 19, 2016
@amychozick Wtf? Hope Powell comes out and blasts her
— KDG70🇺🇸 (@KristinG70) August 19, 2016
One Twitter user corrected the Times’ report with the correct one from Powell.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) August 19, 2016
Another social media user noted that Democrats take enjoyment out of blaming African American people. Which is comical considering they are the party of purported tolerance.
@ZekeJMiller democrats love blaming blacks
— Kevin (@MalikAlMawt1) August 19, 2016
Nonetheless, the controversy has brought about a wide array of opinions. Many believe it is not a big deal what she did, while others believe it was a federally criminal act that should be prosecuted as such.
Regardless, it has castes a big shadow over her campaign. Even if it does not lead to her downfall in the general election, it certainly has caused a major headache.