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Senior Republican Abandons Trump And Sides With His Mortal Enemy Hillary Clinton On Email Controversy

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In recent weeks and months, we have seen increasing tensions within the Republican party as many moderate Republicans start to speak up against President Donald Trump as they fear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on the White House with his momentous inquiry. And Trump just got dealt another damning blow from a very senior Republican figure.

Colin Powell was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, making him one of the most senior non-Trumpite Republican voices out there right now. And he just went on CNN, on live TV, and publicly sided with Hillary Clinton against the President on the key issue of the email controversy. It’s a staggering read.

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK. So we’ll cut back to you on that later on. But I do want to ask you one final question on this Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy. Which, of course, put you back in the news a bit this week, as well. You were secretary of State during the early days of e-mails. You were one of the first secretaries, I believe, to set up a personal e-mail account. And you pushed to modernize the State Department’s system. Based on your experience, what do you make of these revelations this week and what would you recommend that she do now?

POWELL: I — I can’t speak to a — Mrs. Clinton and what she should do now. That would be inappropriate.

What I did when I entered the State Department, I found an antiquated system that had to be modernized and modernized quickly.

So we put in place new systems, bought 44,000 computers and put a new Internet capable computer on every single desk in every embassy, every office in the State Department. And then I connected it with software.

But in order to change the culture, to change the brainware, as I call it, I started using it in order to get everybody to use it, so we could be a 21st century institution and not a 19th century.

But I retained none of those e-mails and we are working with the State Department to see if there’s anything else they want to discuss with me about those e-mails.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So they want…

POWELL: (INAUDIBLE) have a stack of them.

STEPHANOPOULOS: — they’ve asked you to turn them over, but you don’t have them, is that it?

POWELL: I don’t have any — I don’t have any to turn over. I did not keep a cache of them. I did not print them off. I do not have thousands of pages somewhere in my personal files.

And, in fact, a lot of the e-mails that came out of my personal account went into the State Department system. They were addressed to State Department employees and the State.gov domain. But I don’t know if the servers the State Department captured those or not.

And most — they were all unclassified and most of them, I think, are pretty benign, so I’m not terribly concerned even if they were able to recover them.

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, Mr. Secretary, thanks very much for joining us this morning.

POWELL: Thank you, George.

I don’t know about you, but I genuinely find that incredible. If Trump continues on this track, he risks slicing his party in two and making it basically unelectable.


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