Frustrated Powell: Clinton 'minions' dragged me into email controversy
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly sent personal emails expressing frustration that he was being dragged into the controversy regarding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton working on new children’s book about endangered animals GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander won't seek reelection GOP rep says there was a double standard in Flynn, Clinton probes MORE's use of a private email server, Buzzfeed News reported.

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“I have told Hilleary’s [sic] minions repeatedly that they are making a mistake trying to drag me in, yet they still try.. The media isn’t fooled and she is getting crucified,” Powell wrote in May in an email sent to longtime Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan, according to Buzzfeed.

"The differences are profound and they know it."

Powell sent an email to NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell in August 2016 in which he said he had written a memo to Clinton "describing what he did at the department."

“I told her how I was using my personal computer for [unclassified] emails. I said nothing about servers, basements, domains, Clinton foundation, government employees,” Powell wrote.

“The Clintonistas have been trying for months to connect our usage."

The website DCLeaks.com — which has reported but unconfirmed ties to Russian intelligence — obtained Powell’s emails, BuzzFeed said.

There have been questions recently about whether Russia is attempting to influence U.S. politics through hacks such as the one on the Democratic National Committee's internal emails before the convention this summer.

In another email in late August, Powell said he "spent last week with Cheryl Mills and the HRC team burying the email flap."
 
“Sad thing it that HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it," he wrote.
 
"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.”

Powell told Buzzfeed he had no comment on the emails.

News surfaced earlier this month that Powell had sent Clinton a detailed explanation of how he got around some of the State Department's security measures in a 2009 email.

Powell said he used a private phone line to keep his communications out of the State Department servers.

“What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.),” Powell wrote. “So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers." 

In August, Powell said Clinton's campaign has been trying to use him to help justify her use of a private email server.