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Emails show Powell advising Clinton on emails

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2008 file photo, former Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen in Washington. Powell says he sent Hillary Clinton a memo touting his use of a personal email account after she took over as the nation’s top diplomat in 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The top Democrat on the House Oversight committee has released a 2009 email exchange in which former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised Hillary Clinton on the use of personal email.

The exchange occurred two days after Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state.

Powell wrote that he had "a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line ... so I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers."

Powell said he "even used it to do business with some foreign leaders."

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland released the email on the eve of a House Oversight hearing in which Republicans are expected to focus on Clinton's use of a private email server.

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