During an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, may have revealed something we all knew about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and they hypocrisy of Republicans. Namely, that Republicans think being careless with State Department emails is only an issue when it is done by Democrats. What follows are parts of the interview transcript that specifically touch on the State Department’s email history:
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.
It sounds like Powell isn’t so sure if all of the emails were unclassified. So why aren’t Republicans calling for a massive investigation into Powell’s emails, wasting time and spending millions in the process. What could possibly be the difference between Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton? Other than the fact that Hillary is a Democrat and a woman? The hypocrisy is appalling.