Retired Gen. Colin Powell warned Hillary Clinton just days into her tenure as secretary of state to be “very careful” about using a private BlackBerry and email account to conduct State Department business because of federal records laws.
The FBI laid out the details on Friday in a 47-page report it released on its investigation into Clinton’s email server.
On Jan. 23, 2009, Clinton contacted Powell, who served as secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, inquiring about his use of a BlackBerry.
According to the FBI, Powell “warned Clinton that if it became ‘public’ that Clinton had a BlackBerry, and she used it to ‘do business,’ her emails could become ‘official record[s] and subject to the law.'”