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Pow­ell dubs Trump ‘na­tional dis­grace’ in hacked emails

- AGENCY STAFF Wash­ing­ton

WITH Hil­lary Clin­ton out of ac­tion, her White House ri­val Don­ald Trump was squarely in the spot­light Wed­nes­day — but for the wrong rea­sons, fac­ing scru­tiny over his foun­da­tion and branded a “dis­grace” by the former top diplo­mat Colin Pow­ell.

The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee is ex­pected back on the cam­paign trail on Thurs­day af­ter a week­end health scare that grounded her for three days, right as her show­down with Repub­li­can Trump en­ters its fi­nal twom­onth stretch.

But while Clin­ton’s trou­bles ini­tially pro­vided Team Trump with a golden chance to un­der­mine her, their cham­pion was fac­ing some sharp at­tacks of his own.

In leaked emails posted on web­site DC Leaks, Pow­ell blasted Trump as “a na­tional dis­grace and an in­ter­na­tional pariah,” a sting­ing at­tack on the brash bil­lion­aire from a cab­i­net mem­ber in the last Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“He ap­peals to the worst an­gels of the GOP na­ture and poor white folks,” the re­tired four-star gen­eral, who twice en­dorsed the Demo­crat Barack Obama for pres­i­dent, wrote in a sep­a­rate email.

Pow­ell, who was US sec­re­tary of state from 2001 to 2005, con­firmed to NBC the hacked mes­sages were au­then­tic.

At the same time, New York state’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said he has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Don­ald J Trump Foun­da­tion, cit­ing wor­ries the char­ity has been in­volved in “im­pro­pri­ety”. The Trump Foun­da­tion has faced a series of dam­ag­ing sto­ries, in­clud­ing re­ports that it made an il­le­gal $25,000 do­na­tion to a cam­paign group sup­port­ing Florida At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pam Bondi in 2013, just as she was con­sid­er­ing join­ing a fraud case against the Trump Univer­sity real es­tate pro­gramme.

“We have been con­cerned that the Trump Foun­da­tion has en­gaged in im­pro­pri­ety from that point of view,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man told CNN Tues­day.

Sch­nei­der­man has been at log­ger­heads with Man­hat­tan mogul for years over Trump Univer­sity, which he calls “straight up fraud.” Trump’s cam­paign pushed back, with spokesman Ja­son Miller brand­ing Sch­nei­der­man “a par­ti­san hack” whose probe “is noth­ing more than a left-wing hit job de­signed to dis­tract from Crooked Hil­lary Clin­ton’s dis­as­trous week.” Trump has weath­ered waves of at­tacks over the ex­cesses of his 15-month cam­paign for the White House. It is un­clear how the lat­est crit­i­cism and in­ves­ti­ga­tion will af­fect the race.

But the pres­i­den­tial bat­tle is in the home stretch, with just 12 days un­til the first Clin­tonTrump de­bate, ex­pected to be the most watched mo­ment of the bruis­ing cam­paign to date.

Clin­ton mean­while was at home in Chap­paqua, New York for a third con­sec­u­tive day, re­cov­er­ing from pneu­mo­nia in a health scare that rocked her bid to be­come Amer­ica’s first wo­man pres­i­dent.

She was forced to leave a 9/11 memo­rial event in New York on Sun­day and was seen stum­bling limp-legged into a Se­cret Ser­vice ve­hi­cle. Clin­ton’s cam­paign ini­tially said she had been suf­fer­ing the ill ef­fects of de­hy­dra­tion and “over­heat­ing”.

Clin­ton’s per­sonal physi­cian later dis­closed she had been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia on Fri­day, two days be­fore the 9/11 event, rais­ing broader ques­tions about her cam­paign’s trans­parency.

Trump, mean­while, was re­port­edly due to dis­close de­tails of a re­cent med­i­cal exam in an ap­pear­ance on med­i­cal talk show Dr Oz set to air on Thurs­day. Ac­cord­ing to the New York Times, Trump handed the celebrity doc­tor a sum­mary of test re­sults to read out air, dur­ing tap­ing of the show on Wed­nes­day.

Clin­ton will be un­der re­newed pres­sure to dis­close more health in­for­ma­tion as she re­turns to the trail Thurs­day with ap­pear­ances in Greens­boro, North Carolina and then Wash­ing­ton. Next week she dons her diplo­matic cap, hold­ing sev­eral bi­lat­eral meet­ings on the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in­clud­ing with Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi and Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko.

Clin­ton has been un­der fire for provoca­tive com­ments she made on Fri­day when she de­scribed half of Trump’s sup­port­ers as be­ing in “a bas­ket of de­plorables” be­cause of their racism, xeno­pho­bia.

Sup­port­ers — in­clud­ing Obama — have com­plained that she is be­ing held to a higher stan­dard than her Repub­li­can ri­val, whose cam­paign has been punc­tu­ated by out­ra­geous out­bursts.

Nate Sil­ver, a re­spected elec­tion an­a­lyst at FiveThir­, weighed in on Wed­nes­day, ar­gu­ing that while both can­di­dates face sim­i­lar, sub­stan­tial me­dia scru­tiny, Trump’s “scan­dalous­ness” was 10 times that of ri­val Clin­ton.

“There’s ev­ery­thing: cor­rup­tion, racism, ly­ing, fit­ness for of­fice. Like noth­ing we’ve ever seen be­fore,” Sil­ver tweeted.

“Trump gets harsh cov­er­age. But it can’t, or doesn’t, fully scale up to his can­di­dacy.” misog­yny and

 ?? Pic­ture: AFP PHOTO ?? CRIT­I­CISM: Repub­li­can Gen­eral Colin Pow­ell blasted Trump on Wed­nes­day as a na­tional dis­grace and an in­ter­na­tional pariah.
Pic­ture: AFP PHOTO CRIT­I­CISM: Repub­li­can Gen­eral Colin Pow­ell blasted Trump on Wed­nes­day as a na­tional dis­grace and an in­ter­na­tional pariah.

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