Leaked personal emails reveal dramatically harsh language from former Secretary of State Colin Powell slamming Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Powell takes to calling Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in the emails, which, although originally private, were leaked and viewed by BuzzFeed news after the anonymously managed website responsible for the leaks “provided access to Powell’s emails to a number of reporters on Tuesday,” according to the Intercept.
Powell spoke of the “birther” movement which Trump led to try and persuade Americans that President Obama was not born in the United States and thus not fit to be president, saying simply “Yup, the whole birther movement was racist.”
Other comments from the right-wing military leader in the newly revealed emails include a critique of the press coverage of Trump, saying, “To go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him.”
The emails are not at the present time publicly viewable, sitting behind a password at the website DCleaks.com, which, according to BuzzFeed, “has reported, but not confirmed, ties to Russian intelligence services.”
Russian hackers and hackers associated with Russia have long taken an interest in American politics.
This involvement includes the suspected Russian involvement in the DNC email hack which resulted in the Democratic Party’s sitting chairwoman, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigning after her primary season explicit favoring of Hillary Clinton for the nomination over Bernie Sanders was revealed.
Powell has been in the spotlight this election cycle already, after he was cited as a precedent for Hillary Clinton’s usage of a private email server while she served as secretary of state in the first four years of the Obama presidency.
Powell’s overly vocal criticism of the Republican presidential nominee does not mean that he is supporting Hillary Clinton, however.
In fact, among the emails released by the hack was Powell discussing a longstanding row between himself and the former secretary of state over the email situation.
The retired four star general spoke generally about the situation to one unnamed person.
“Sad thing,” he said, “[Hillary Clinton] could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me to it.”
He went on in another email, further discussing Clinton’s citation of Powell’s supposed precedent in using a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
He says that he “told her staff three times not to try that gambit,” speaking of citing “precedent” in defense of the private email server. He said that he “had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention.”
The controversy over Clinton’s emails has turned into an accusation from the Trump camp that Clinton is not appropriately transparent to serve as president of the United States.
This same line of attack is currently being employed to hound Clinton over the days that she spent hiding her pneumonia diagnosis from the public, only revealing it after collapsing at a Sunday morning memorial ceremony for the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The funny thing is that Hillary Clinton has long been cleared of any legal wrongdoing in the email scandal, while Donald Trump is sitting on multiple lawsuits which could see him in court within the upcoming months.
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