Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a "smart girl" for not using a private email server during her tenure as the United States' top ambassador, former President Bill Clinton joked Wednesday.
Stumping for his wife in Las Vegas, Clinton said that his wife's controversial use of personal email server while she served as secretary of state was deemed as "the biggest problem since the end of World War II."
"We know that what Hillary said about talking to Secretary [Colin] Powell about it was true," Clinton said. "And we know that Secretary Rice didn't do emails. Smart girl."
"But her senior aides did on personal devices," he added. "And we know that Secretary Kerry did until the law changed."
Hillary Clinton told FBI investigators that she asked Powell for his advice as he, too, used a private email account. In emails released last week. Powell informed Clinton that he used a personal email to communicate with foreign leaders and was able to do so without those emails becoming official State Department records.
In recently leaked emails from Powell, the former secretary of state expressed frustration over Hillary Clinton's attempt to scapegoat him, Politico reported.
"I didn't tell Hillary to have a private server at home, connected to the Clinton Foundation, two contractors, took away 60,000 emails, had her own domain,” Powell wrote to former Reagan White House chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein on Feb. 4.
In another exchange, Rice wrote to Powell, "I don't think Hillary's — 'everyone did it' is flying."
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