Colin Powell continues to push back on the claim that while being interviewed by the FBI, Hillary Clinton reportedly told agents the former secretary of state recommended that she use a private email account at the State Department.
In response to Clinton throwing him under the bus, Powell said in a statement he “has no recollection” of a dinner party conversation where he allegedly offered that advice.
Powell offered an even more stringent denial over the weekend during a red carpet interview with People Magazine — a denial that all but buries Clinton.
Colin Powell says Clinton was using private email server for a year before he sent memo telling her what he did https://t.co/Iv8FjoRSal
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) August 22, 2016
Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur tweeted a damning snapshot of Powell saying that Clinton was ALREADY using a private email server before any exchanges between them took place:
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 22, 2016
All of which prompted some to ask if Clinton lied to the FBI after all, and if that would amount to perjury:
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) August 22, 2016
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 22, 2016
The reaction on social media served to reinforce the reason some refer to Bill Clinton as “Slick Willy”… here’s a small sampling of responses from Twitter:
— TruthNotAgenda (@thomasa56) August 22, 2016
@jpodhoretz lying to the FBI used to be a bad thing. Can you imagine the trouble she’d be in were her last name Lochte?
— Duane Patterson (@Radioblogger) August 22, 2016
@jpodhoretz Not if she didn’t say when. The Clintons are masters of this kind of parsing.
— Blaknsam (@Blaknsam) August 22, 2016
@jpodhoretz Depends on what the meaning of “told” is. “He told me. I didn’t say when he told me.”
— More Guitar (@WhatPipes) August 22, 2016
@jpodhoretz Not if the FBI didn’t put her under oath and according to Comey they did not.
— Steve_Jacobson (@Steve_Jacboson) August 22, 2016