The Daily Caller claims the estimated 30,000 emails, reportedly obtained by the website DCLeaks.com after being stolen by unnamed hackers, are dated back to June 2014. The most recent emails are from August 19, 2016.
Powell allegedly wrote the comments about Trump in a June 17, 2016, email to Emily Miller, a journalist who once worked under Powell as a deputy press secretary at the State Department. In the email, the retired four-star general said Trump “is in the process of destroying himself, no need for the Dems to attack him,” according to BuzzFeed News. “Paul Ryan is calibrating his position again,” Powell said of the Speaker of the House, who had only recently endorsed the Republican candidate at the time.
In another email to Miller, Powell described Trump’s birther investigation as a “racist” movement that falsely suggests Obama was born in a foreign country.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote. He also said Trump wanted to know if Obama was a Muslim. “As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”
Powell also attacked Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, putting responsibility on her for the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
In an email to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Buzzfeed reports Powell called Benghazi a “stupid witch hunt.”
“Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place,” he allegedly wrote in the December 2015 email, referring to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, one of four Americans killed in the incident.
He reportedly continued, “But blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC,” referring to Clinton.
In an August 2015 email cited by CNN, Powell dinged Clinton writing, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”
Powell told Buzzfeed, “I have no further comment. I’m not denying it.”