By Scott Wong - 09/06/15 11:35 AM EDT
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he used two computers while leading the department, one for transmitting sensitive material and another for emailing “housekeeping stuff.”
“But it was mostly housekeeping stuff -- what’s the status of this paper, what’s going on here.”
Powell, a Republican who served in the George W. Bush administration, has spoken before about his two computers, and said he wrote an entire chapter about it in his book.
But questions about Powell’s private email setup came as another former secretary of State, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonEconomists argue for taxing trades Sanders signs autographs as Clinton makes surprise showing on stage Coincidence? Obama spoke for 44 minutes, Clinton for 42 MORE, has struggled to answer questions about why she used a private email account while conducting official business.
Powell wouldn’t say whether it was inappropriate for Clinton to be sending work emails -- some of which were later determined to contain classified information -- from a private account. He noted that the State inspector general and FBI are looking into the matter, and that Clinton and her top aides are testifying before Congress.
“It’s best for me to talk about what I know and not what occurred under Secretary Clinton’s jurisdiction,” Powell said.