Former secretary of state Gen. Colin Powell gave a statement Friday about Hillary Clinton’s claim that he advised her at a dinner party to use a private email server, saying he had no recollection of such a conversation.

He did say, however, that he sent her a memo that he used a personal account for “unclassified” messages but no longer had the email describing those practices.

Powell’s office sent a statement to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, which reporter Kristen Welker read out in part Friday morning.

“General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department. At the time, there was no equivalent system within the department. He used a secure state computer on his desk to manage classified information. The general no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton.”

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