Clinton Told FBI Colin Powell Recommended Private Email

Clinton Told FBI Colin Powell Recommended Private EmailHillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell recommended on two occasions that she use a private email account for unclassified communication, sources told NBC News early Friday.

According to the Democratic nominee, Powell made the suggestions at a small dinner party shortly after Clinton took over at the State Department in 2009 and in an email exchange around the same time, The New York Times first reported. Two sources later confirmed to NBC News that Clinton gave that account to investigators in July.

Clinton’s testimony was included in a report the FBI delivered to Congress Tuesday explaining Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state over her use of a personal email server, the sources said.

During a dinner party at the home of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in early 2009, the host encouraged her experienced guests โ€” former Secretaries of State Condoleeza Rice, Henry Kissinger and Powell โ€” to give Clinton advice for her time in office, according to The New York Times. Powell reportedly explained that he found it useful to use a private AOL email when he led the department in 2001. The dinner account is also detailed in a forthcoming book about Bill Clinton’s life after the presidency by journalist Joe Conason.