Hillary Clinton forwarded unsubstantiated intelligence on Libya from a family ally to top advisers at the State Department, according to documents obtained by the New York Times.
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Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton family counselor and, according to the Times, an employee of the Clinton Foundation at the time, sent the intelligence reports based on information he had gathered while working as an adviser to Constellations Group, a private consultancy.
That relationship in now under scrutiny from South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Committee sources confirmed to POLITICO that Gowdy plans to subpoena Blumenthal for a private transcribed interview to discuss the memos and his role as an adviser to Clinton while she lead the State Department.
Clinton’s habit of forwarding the memos to top advisors like Jake Sullivan and Christopher Stevens, the ambassador who was killed during the attacks, raised questions among committee members about the extent of Blumenthal’s influence at State — considering that aides cast doubt on the credibility of the memos in several emails.
The State Department has provided the panel with 300 emails from Clinton’s private server and congressional sources said the bulk of those documents are emails discussing Blumenthal’s memos.
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