With the emails made public, we get a peek behind the curtain and see what’s discussed behind the scenes. One exchange, in particular, stands out.
When Hillary tried to use Colin Powell as an explanation for why her private servers were not big deal, Colin Powell was having none of it.
Leaked emails from Colin Powell show that the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush warned “Hillary’s mafia” about using him as a fall guy in the email scandal hanging over the Democratic presidential nominee.
…In an email to Beth Jones written days after it was disclosed that Clinton used a personal email account and private server as secretary of state, Powell was clear that Team Hillary was trying to blame him, The Daily Caller reported.
“Been having fun with emailgate,” Powell wrote. “Hillary’s Mafia keeps trying to suck me into it,”
Another email showed that Powell interacted directly with top Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, who served as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, warning her about linking him to the email scandal.
“You really don’t want to get me into this,” he wrote in the email. “I haven’t been asked nor said a word about HRC and won’t unless you all start it.”
Mills reassured Powell that she agreed and told him “that message has been clearly shared.
So, what game are they playing, exactly?
Does he have knowledge that would be damaging to Clinton? Is he withholding it?
It’s also helpful to know that Hillary has a ‘mafia’ that will intimidate (or in this case BE intimidated) and use political influence to make surrogates repeat talking points.
It’s a good thing her party doesn’t already have issues with trust and transparency.
Because this would look pretty bad to someone already starting to think cynically of Hillary’s team.