At almost every juncture during her ongoing email scandal, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tried to downplay her use of a private email by claiming former secretaries of state Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell did, too -- prompting Powell to tell her to keep him out of it.
The former general and Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration wasn't happy to see his name dragged into the controversy, and made sure Clinton knew it, according to new emails that were reportedly hacked from Powell's Gmail account.
“Sad thing,” Powell wrote in an email, notes The Intercept. "[Clinton] could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me to it.”
“I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these ‘character’ minefields."
The last sentence was a reference to Clinton's ongoing and chronic problem with earning the trust of American voters. The Democratic presidential candidate reached a new low in perceptions of her honesty with the release of a CNN poll on Sept. 6, which showed only 35 percent of voters considered Clinton "honest and trustworthy" compared to 50 percent for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
According to a spokesman, Powell is aware his personal email account was hacked and has not disputed the authenticity of the contents. Notably, the former Army general also had harsh words for Trump, calling the Republican a "national disgrace" and "international pariah."
But it seems Powell was particularly annoyed that his name kept popping up in reports about Clinton's ongoing scandals. In another email obtained by NBC News, Powell struck a similar tone in regard to Clinton.
"I have told [Hillary's] minions repeatedly that they are making a mistake trying to drag me in, yet they still try," the former Army general wrote.