A set of recently leaked e-mails between former Secretary of State Colin Powell and political donor Jeffrey Leeds uncovered a few messy details about Hillary Clinton and her true feelings toward President Obama.
Clinton is embroiled in an e-mail scandal of her own, so this newly released correspondence takes a hammer to her already damaged image.
According to the Daily Mail, hacker D.C. Leaks reportedly compromised Powell’s private Gmail account and leaked several emails. Those emails were then posted to Twitter by investigative journalist Lee Fang.
In one of the posted messages, Leeds describes Clinton’s all-consuming want to win the upcoming election, but admits that she probably won’t win in the end. He also offers some insight into the former first lady’s personal feelings toward POTUS.
“It’s the one prize she wants,” Leeds wrote to Powell. “She has everything else. And she HATES the President (‘that man’ as the Clintons call him) kicked her a** in 2008. She can’t believe it or accept it.”
Colin Powell & mega Dem donor Jeffrey Leeds chat about how much the Clintons hate Obama (via newly leaked emails) pic.twitter.com/6dEbD4AU3r
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 13, 2016
It should be noted that all of this is second-hand information; none of it has come from Clinton herself.
In other email exchanges, Leeds and Powell discussed everything from Clinton’s recent health scare(s) to her email scandal that just won’t seem to go away. In one of them, the “mega” donor mentioned that Clinton “could barely climb the podium steps” at an event last month, to which Powell responded, “On HD TV, she doesn’t look good. She is working herself to death.”
Leeds also commented on the former first lady’s legal woes, brought on by her use of a private email server.
“She’s got trouble too,” he wrote. “No one likes her and the criminal thing ain’t over.”
Powell’s leaked emails come shortly after Clinton and her campaign dragged the former Secretary of State into her email scandal by claiming that he was the one who advised her to set up a private email account. Powell has since admitted to using private email, but in a manner that was legal — unlike Clinton’s. For instance, the former Secretary of State didn’t have a server at his house or rely on outside contractors like Clinton did at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., the The New York Times reports.
According to Atlanta Black Star, the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email fiasco revealed correspondence between the two from 2009, in which the former first lady asked Powell about his email practices while he was Secretary of State. A statement from Powell’s office also confirmed that he sent Clinton an email memo explaining his use of his personal email account for unclassified messages “and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”
“What I had to do was to bring the State Department into the 21st Century,” Powell explained during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And the way of doing that was getting them new computers that gave them access to the whole world. And then to make sure I could change the brainware of the department, and not just the software and hardware, I started to use email.”