The State Department Inspector General has found that classified emails were received on the personal accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior aides to his successor, Condoleezza Rice, according to an NBC News report.
"I wish they would release them," the retired general said. "So that a normal, air-breathing mammal would look at them and say, 'What's the issue?' "
"They were unclassified at the time, and they are, in my judgment, still unclassified," he added.
Powell told Politico on Thursday that he had briefly spoken to the FBI in December regarding his email practices.
"It's a lot different from what the rest of us were doing and what Mrs. Clinton is doing," Powell said.
"Should she have had a private server? ... Did she use it for classified information? I don't know and I don't want to know."
"My concern has been that Republicans are spending millions of taxpayer dollars singling out Secretary Clinton because she is running for President — often leaking inaccurate information — while at the same time disregarding the actions of Republican Secretaries of State," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, in a statement.
"In fact, none of the emails Secretary Clinton received was marked classified, and we have seen no evidence that any previous Secretary of State used an official email account."
“Based on this new revelation, it is clear that the Republican investigations are nothing more than a transparent political attempt to use taxpayer funds to target the Democratic candidate for president.”
Clinton's campaign joined in, calling the new development another example of how government emails are subjected to needless levels of secrecy.
"This announcement about Secretary Powell's emails shows just how routine it is for government bureaucrats to go overboard when it comes to judging whether information is too sensitive for the public to see," Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement.
"Hillary Clinton agrees with her predecessor that his emails, like hers, are being inappropriately subjected to over-classification. She joins his call for these emails to be released so that the public can view the contents for itself."