Clinton’s remark came in response to a specific question about an email Powell wrote to his wealthy business partner, Jeffrey Leeds. “Everything HRC touches, she kind of screws up with hubris,” he wrote, referencing Clinton by her initials.
Many of Powell’s private emails became public Wednesday via a hack by website DCLeaks.com, which some experts believe is linked to Russian-backed cyberespionage. The messages, which a spokesman for Powell told ABC News are “accurate,” reveal he is not really a fan of either major party’s presidential nominee.
Although Clinton would not comment directly on what Powell wrote about her, she did express overall concern over his hacked emails, suggesting, again, that Russia may be lending a hand to her opponent.
“What I think is really important about the emails is the chilling fact that the Russians are continuing to attempt to interfere in our election,” Clinton, who phoned the show from her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., exclaimed. “And I have to say, I’m increasingly concerned by how we’ve seen Donald Trump’s alarming closeness with the Kremlin become more and more clear over the course of this campaign. It’s deeply concerning.”
“And there’s a lot that Trump should answer for because these attempts by Russia to interfere in the election are ones that go right hand-in-hand with his closeness to the Kremlin, his flattery of Putin,” she added.
"The man has very strong control over a country," he explained, as he contrasted Putin and Obama. "Now, it's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he's been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader. We have a divided country."