Mark Collins – The United States of (bad joke) America

Colin Powell:

Leaked emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell [the best president the US never had? ah, the good old days] show him strongly criticizing Donald Trump, labeling him a “national disgrace and an international pariah.”

…the messages also showed Powell angry with Hillary Clinton over her handling of her personal emails as secretary of state.

As The Intercept reported, Powell wrote in 2015, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”..

More on hubris:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell ripped into Hillary Clinton in several personal emails over the years, according to a document dump of hacked emails on the website DCLeaks.com.

The document batch, which included emails from June of 2014 to August of 2016, gave a revealing look into the former secretary’s thoughts on the 2016 election.

In one 2015 email, Powell commented on Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department and charged that “everything HRC touches she kind of screws up.”

In another message from 2014, Powell said of a still-potential Clinton presidential run: “I would rather not have to vote for her.” A spokesperson for Powell confirmed to CBS News that his email had been hacked…

Ever more:

Another day, another hacking scandal: On Thursday night, DCLeaks, a “hacktivist” website that reportedly has ties to Russia, offered up emails from the personal email account of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell’s emails had been of particular interest as of late thanks to Hillary Clinton pointing to him as the inspiration for her use of a private email server during her own term as Secretary of State, a claim he was none too pleased about.

According to a report from The Intercept, one of the outlets to get the emails, Powell told one acquaintance that the “sad thing” about the situation was that “[Clinton] could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me to it.” He had to ask more than once before I could even get the Clintons’ attention: “I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these ‘character’ minefields,” He also stated that he didn’t remember an alleged dinner conversation with Clinton where she claimed he suggested the use of a private server.

An email chain between Clinton and Powell related to the topic later surfaced. While it did appear that Powell was telling Clinton how to keep certain messages from being public record, he also very clearly does not tell her to do anything close to what she ended up doing. In another email, this one to business partner Jeffrey Leeds, he further elaborated on the differences between what he did (use his personal AOL account for non-classified messages) and what Clinton did…and why he had other reasons to be angry at her…

Sometime a great nation. Der Untergang des Abendlandes, US–home of the western–section, or, “All Over Now” (do read the link)? On manque d’espoir.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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