Colin Powell reportedly warned Hillary Clinton against using BlackBerry

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Colin Powell Reportedly Warned Hillary Clinton Against Using BlackBerry

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly warned Hillary Clinton about using a BlackBerry to conduct official business during her first few days in President Obama's cabinet.

That's according to details revealed in the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.

Powell reportedly told Clinton in an email, "Be very careful. I got around [using a BlackBerry] by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data." He also warned Clinton if it became public that she was using a blackberry to do business, her emails could become "official record and subject to the law."

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Former US Secretaries of State Colin Powell (L) and Hillary Clinton speak during a ceremony to break ground on the US Diplomacy Center at the US State Department in Washington, DC, September 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Secretary of State John Kerry (R) is joined by former secretaries of state Hillary Clinton (C) and Colin Powell during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the future U.S. Diplomacy Center at the State Department's Harry S. Truman Building September 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. When completed, the Diplomacy Center will be a museum and education center that will 'demonstrate the ways in which diplomacy matters now and has mattered throughout American history.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Hillary Clinton (L) and General Colin Powell attend the 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' premiere presented by The Weinstein Company and sponsored by American Express and South African Airlines at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (R) jokes with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an unveiling ceremony for his official State Department portrait in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department December 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. Powell served as Secretary of State from 2001-2005 under former U.S. President George W. Bush. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell embraces US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the unveiling of Powell's official State Department portrait in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2009. Powell served as Secretary of State from 2001-2005 under former US President George W. Bush. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Colin Powell, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, share a moment, during a luncheon for governors and other leaders during the President's Summit for America's Future in Philadelphia, April 28. Powell is serving as the summit's general chairman. USA
From left, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President George Bush and retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell applaud a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra during closing ceremonies of the Presidents' Summit For America's Future at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday afternoon, April 29, 1997. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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Clinton told FBI investigators earlier this year that she understood Powell's remarks but they did not factor into her decision to use a personal email account.

Clinton has previously claimed that Powell advised the former first lady to use her own email server "except for classified communications," though Powell says he has no recollection of that conversation.

With the general election now just over two months away, Clinton's emails remain a hot topic and one which is sure to be addressed later this month as the presidential debates get underway.

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