Leading evangelist Franklin Graham says Hillary Clinton resorted to a "natural tendency" when she tried to pin the use of her private email server on former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
As reported by The New York Times, FBI notes handed over to Congress last Tuesday show that the Democratic presidential nominee told investigators looking into the use of her private email server while serving as secretary of state that it was Powell who advised her to use a personal email account.
Powell, who served as the head of the State Department from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush, defended himself on Saturday during an event in New York.
As Clinton has been surrounded in controversy and negative media attention stemming from her use of a private email server, Powell claimed that "her people are trying to pin it on me."
"The truth is, she was using (the private email server) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did," Powell said.
The New York Times reports that journalist Joe Conason briefly discussed the situation with Powell and Clinton in his upcoming book Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.
According to Conason, Powell did suggest the use of a personal email address when he attended a small dinner party hosted by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington during the early years of Clinton's tenure at the State Department.
"Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation's next top diplomat," Conason wrote. "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."
Graham, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization, took to his Facebook page on Monday to comment on Clinton's claim, much like he frequently does with many other hot topics circulating in the news media.
Graham explained that Clinton reacted in the same way that sinners do when they are caught in the act, which is trying to lay the blame on someone else.
"Hillary Clinton is now claiming that General Colin L. Powell gave her advice on how to handle her emails — Colin Powell says don't pin this on me!" Graham wrote. "When we get caught in sin, our natural tendency is to point a finger at someone else."
This "natural tendency," Graham stated, dates all the way back to the time of Adam and Eve.
"When God confronted Adam about his disobedience, he even pointed the finger at his wife. Adam said, 'The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate,'" Graham wrote. "Maybe we've all done this at some time, but that doesn't make it right. It would be really refreshing if our leaders would stand up to their own wrongdoing and take responsibility."