Powell Advised Clinton|on State Email Practices

     WASHINGTON (CN) — Hillary Clinton received advice from Colin Powell about the use of personal email just after her swearing-in as secretary of state, a newly released email shows.
     Two days after she was sworn in in 2009, former secretary Powell wrote to Clinton that he had “a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line … so I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers.”
     Powell said he “even used it to do business with some foreign leaders.”
     Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, released the email Wednesday night as Clinton and her Republican opponent sat down with NBC’s Matt Lauer for forum-style interviews.
     Cummings is a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which will meet Thursday in what is expected to be yet another grief circle about Clinton’s email practices.
     The congressman’s release about the email says “Cummings obtained the email exchange between Secretary Powell and Secretary Clinton through a unique statutory provision known as the ‘Seven Member Rule‘ in which any seven members of the Oversight Committee may obtain federal records from federal agencies.”
     Cummings said in a statement that the email exchange “illustrates the longstanding problem that no secretary of state ever used an official unclassified email account until the current secretary of state.”
     “The Republican obsession with Secretary Clinton has reached a fever pitch, and they have been using taxpayer resources to single her out in a desperate and abusive attempt to hurt her presidential campaign,” Cummings added.

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