Did the FBI Interview Secretary Powell?

By Ed Timperlake

It is now matter of public record that Colin Powell, former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff and Secretary of State, instructed Hillary Rodham Clinton on how to commit a felony.

Remember as a Yale Law trained attorney, she is running on being a competent tested leader.

According to fact based reporting, amazing that still can happen at times, in the New York Times and the Washington Post, the charge of Secretary Powell’s guidance to commit a felony, was made to the FBI by Secretary Clinton in her personal interview with them.

Secretary Powell after a period of silence has denied the claims made by Secretary Clinton to the FBI.  

Joel E. Pollak in Breitbart accurately captures the current public state of play in this ongoing investigation.

However, discrepancies between what she told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell told her about using private email while in office, and what Powell himself says that he told her, indicate that she did not tell the truth to the FBI.

For his part, Powell is pushing back: “Her people have been trying to pin it on me … The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” he told People magazine.


The way it is supposed to work is that since Secretary Clinton made a felony accusation against Secretary Powell by saying to the FBI that they entered into a conspiracy to violate the statues to  safeguard  highly classified US Government information, the FBI has a due diligence responsibility to interview Colin Powell.

As Colonel Bill Buckey, a retired Marine Fighter Pilot, quipped “Hillary Clinton is using General Powell as a human shield” and this is actually not very nice.

Colin Powell deserves better.

Regardless, it is incumbent on the FBI and the Department of Justice, who have both the investigative and legal responsibility, to address and resolve this accusation by Secretary Clinton.

Perhaps they did and it has not been made public.

Or perhaps, the subject of any guidance, he may or may not have given to Hillary Clinton was covered in an earlier law enforcement interview with General Powell.

However, if that was the case, then it would mean that the FBI should have known going into the interview with Secretary Clinton what Secretary Powell had said.

This is all a very murky issue and needs clarification and official exoneration of Secretary Powell by DOJ/FBI to clear the serious felony accusations made by HRC.

Public denials in this case of “he said, she said” are not sufficient.

Colin Powell’s name was mentioned in a felony investigation and the FBI has the responsibility to interview him to get to the truth of the facts.

“Evidence” is currently being tossed about in public but it is not a crime to lie to the press.

So a simple question is this:

Before Director Comey gave Hillary Clinton in his press conference a “pass” on her “extreme carelessness” (i.e. felony) to safeguard our most important National Security information, did the FBI interview Colin Powell?

If so it should be easy for Congress to resolve Joel Pollak’s astute conclusion:

That suggests Clinton lied to the FBI (about what Powell told her-added)

In his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last month, FBI director James Comey said: “We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.”

Clinton has cited that as proof that she told the truth in general about her private email server, though Comey also presented evidence that she willfully misled the public and Congress.

Powell’s new statements suggest that Comey will have to revisit his conclusions.

It is a crime to lie to the FBI.

However, if there was no follow-up FBI interview prior to the Director’s  press conference and after the HRC interview  to resolve the facts of what transpired in the Clinton-Powell “he said-she said” affair, then it is apparent that the fix was in very early to “walk” Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It is even worse, if General Powell told the FBI or perhaps Department of State IG (that report would have been given to FBI) that he did not tell Secretary Clinton to do what she said he told her to do with a private server then it would have been known during her interview that she was directly lying.

If so, in either situation, the American rule of law is most tragically broken at the highest level of the U.S. Government.

Ed Timperlake was Director, Technology Assessment, International Technology Security (OSD), until Jan 03 09, and was the DOD representative to the National Counterintelligence Executive Committee NCIX (DNI) and principal liaison to FBI in their Government wide “Critical National Asset” project.


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