Powell tried to persuade Hillary and her aides to not use him as a scapegoat over why she used the private server, according to emails that were hacked and leaked from Powell's Gmail account.
One of the leaked emails Powell wrote to a confidant about his ongoing warning to Clinton not to blame him for the scandal. "I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton's party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these 'character' minefields," he wrote, according to The Intercept.
Powell apparently tried to settle the matter with Cheryl Mills.
In another email Powell said that he "warned her staff three times over the past two years not to try to connect it to me."
In March of last year, Powell complained that "Hillary's Mafia keeps trying to suck me into" the email controversy, according to The Daily Caller. This was at the start of the scandal.
The authenticity of the emails were confirmed to Fox News saying that they are "confirming that he was hacked and these emails are his."
Powell had originally accused Hillary of trying to "pin" the scandal on him when she told authorities in July that he explained in detail his email practices when he was secretary of state under George W. Bush, according to the New York Times. "Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer," they wrote, citing a passage from an upcoming book on Bill Clinton's post-presidency.
Although Powell regularly emailed friends and reporters about Clinton's server scandal, explaining that his situation was different than hers, he never set up a private server and used a government computer for classified matters.
And while he was at it, Powell also discussed his thoughts about Donald Trump, calling him "a national disgrace" and an 'international pariah."
Powell has not endorsed any presidential candidate for the 2016 race, but it sounds as if he isn't voting for Trump, and it's hard to fathom that he's going to vote for Clinton.
Powell was obviously upset over Clinton's finger-pointing. "They are going to dick up the legitimate and necessary use of emails with friggin record rules. I saw email more like a telephone than a cable machine," he wrote to Jeffrey Leeds, a business partner. "As long as the stuff is unclassified. I had a secure State.gov machine. Everything HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton) touches she kind of screws up with hubris."
I have no doubts that Hillary has a deep-seated personality problem, all hubris aside.