Hillary Clinton on Thursday avoided responding to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's leaked emails that criticize her.
Powell's private emails were published online this week and showed Powell thought everything Clinton touches she "screws up with hubris." Asked about the remark on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," Clinton said she sympathizes with Powell, as someone whose emails have been released to the public, and linked the apparent hack to Russian actors that she did not identify.
Powell added in another note, "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect," and disparaged the Democratic nominee as a "70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d–kng bimbos at home (according to the [New York Post])." But Clinton ignored those barbs.
"I have a great deal of respect for Colin Powell and I have a lot of sympathy for anyone whose emails become public," Clinton said on Thursday.
"What I think is really important about these emails is the chilling fact that the Russians are continuing to attempt to interfere in our elections," she said. "And, you know, 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."
Clinton also dodged on CNN, where she again said she has sympathy for people whose emails are released.
"I'm not going to start discussing someone else's private emails. I've already spent a lot of time talking about my own, as you know," she said on CNN.
On the subject of her private email server, Clinton claimed on CNN that she has "worked very, very hard to be more transparent than not just my opponent, but really, in comparison to anybody who has run."
After being sidelined with an illness her campaign has said is pneumonia, Clinton is set to return to the campaign trail. Under two weeks remain until she and Trump meet on the presidential debate stage for the first time in New York.
Becket Adams contributed