Adam B. Schiff

Clinton gets unlikely email ally: Colin Powell

Clinton gets unlikely email ally: Colin Powell

Hillary Clinton gained an apparent ally Thursday in her fight to limit the political damage from her growing email controversy, as former Republican secretary of state Colin L. Powell said he disagreed with a State Department decision to retroactively classify two emails from his own personal account while in office.

"I have reviewed the messages, and I do not see what makes them classified," Powell said of the emails, which were uncovered late last year by the State Department's inspector general and, he said, brought to his attention by the department in recent weeks.

The emails, initially sent to the State Department by two U.S. ambassadors serving abroad and...