Clinton family insider Sidney Blumenthal acted like a political adviser giving then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton direction on how to “claim credit” for the “success” in Libya, Rep. Trey Gowdy told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Monday.
Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, told Van Susteren that newly acquired emails showed the nature of Blumenthal’s political relationship with Clinton while she was America’s top diplomat.
“Sidney Blumenthal didn’t have any idea what was in these memos that he was forwarding,” Gowdy said of the intelligence reports uncovered in the emails. “He was merely a conduit. He doesn’t know the first thing about Libya. He’s never been to Libya. So, that does call into question why Secretary Clinton would receive so many emails from him.”
Gowdy said that he wouldn’t speculate on how Clinton used the information Blumenthal forwarded to her, but added that the committee found the emails “instructive.”
“We also got a little glimpse into Sidney Blumenthal, and he was not a Libya adviser, but he was a political adviser. And he had a lot of advice for Secretary Clinton on how to claim credit for the ‘success’ in Libya,” Gowdy said.
The emails provided to the House committee from Blumenthal contained information that the State Department and Clinton had initially refused to hand over, according to Gowdy.
“Well, it’s a whole lot more from Sidney Blumenthal than we ever got from the State Department or Secretary Clinton,” Gowdy said. “Three times more from Sidney Blumenthal, and these emails should have been produced to us long ago.”
Gowdy blasted Clinton and the State Department for holding back information that related to the committee’s investigation into the attacks on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.
“Either Secretary Clinton didn’t turn them over to the State Department, or the State Department didn’t turn them over to us. But in either event, they should have been part of the public record a long time ago and they were not,” Gowdy said.
Blumenthal’s emails have provided the committee with a slightly clearer picture of what Clinton knew about the situation in Libya before the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.
With the House committee shifting diligently through the newly acquired emails, Hillary’s now infamous question – “What difference does it make?” – might be answered sooner than she would like.