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Colin Powell Says Clinton's 'People' Are Trying to Pin Email Scandal on Him


"Her people have been trying to pin it on me."

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Former Secretary of State and Bloom Energy Board member Colin Powell speaks during a Bloom Energy product launch on February 24, 2010 at the eBay headquarters in San Jose, California. Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley start up, introduced the 'Bloom Box', a solid oxide fuel cell device that can generate electricity at a cost of 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour using natural gas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell alleged over the weekend that Hillary Clinton's "people" have attempted to blame the controversial use of her own private email server during her own tenure as head of the State Department on him.

As previously reported, the FBI revealed in notes to Congress regarding its investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee's private server use that she claimed that Powell was the one who encouraged her to use a personal email.

In a statement Friday, Powell said he did email Clinton a "memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department."

"At the time, there was no equivalent system within the Department," Powell, who served under former President George W. Bush from 2001-2005, contended.

Mickey Edelsten, Colin Powell and Jo Carole Lauder attend the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party on Saturday at The Creeks in East Hampton, New York. (Getty Images/Patrick McMullan)

Powell told Page Six Saturday at an event in the Hamptons that Clinton was using her own private server for a year before he even sent the memo to her.

"Her people have been trying to pin it on me," Powell said.

Page Six reported that Powell "appear[ed] angered by the situation," although he asserted that he's "okay" and "free."

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