Once again, new information about the Obama administration’s handling of the deadly September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, has been revealed thanks to the investigative work of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
A month ago, after The New York Times reported that longtime Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal – “who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama” – had sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton memos about Libya and the attack in Benghazi, she explained (emphasis added):
“I have many, many old friends … And [Blumenthal has] been a friend of mine for a long time. He sent me unsolicited emails, which I passed on in some instances. … [W]hen you're in an official position, I think you do have to work to make sure you're not caught in the bubble and you only hear from a certain small group of people.”
New emails obtained and released today by the Committee – emails that were withheld from congressional investigators by the Obama State Department or Hillary Clinton – prove that what she said last month was false. The truth is that she actively solicited information about Libya from Blumenthal:
Of course, “Sent from my iPad” is a reminder of another one of Hillary Clinton’s false claims: that she used a personal email account for official business so that she could carry only one mobile device.
It’s ironic that Clinton defended receiving unvetted, unsubstantiated “intelligence” on Libya from Blumenthal by saying that it’s important to not be “caught in the bubble” and “only hear from a certain small group of people.” U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens had made multiple requests for additional security forces in the months before he was killed in the Benghazi attack, but his appeals to Washington were repeatedly denied. Clinton testified to the Senate in 2013 that she never saw Stevens’ requests because “they didn't come to me.” Perhaps if the U.S. Ambassador – an actual government official – had received the same direct access and attention that Blumenthal did, the outcome in Benghazi would have been different.