Rep. Trey Gowdy’s House Special Committee on Benghazi has been slowly but surely closing in on the former secretary of state and Democrat presidential hopeful.
Now the committee chairman has subpoenaed one of the Clintons’ closest friends and advisors, putting Hillary on the defensive yet again.
Sidney Blumenthal, an advisor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been called to testify before the committee in a private interview.
Several emails between Blumenthal and Clinton have already been released. These mostly consisted of information Blumenthal had obtained through a clandestine, private intelligence network he was running in North Africa.
Among the information passed along by Blumenthal to Clinton included the fact that the Libyan rebels were considering hiring security contractors due to the deteriorating situation, the threat of a terror attack in retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden, and that the Libyan prime minister wanted a better relationship with Israel.
The information came from business associates of Blumenthal’s who were trying to set up businesses in the new Libyan state.
According to The New York Times, “The projects — creating floating hospitals to treat Libya’s war wounded and temporary housing for displaced people, and building schools — would have required State Department permits, but foundered before the business partners could seek official approval.”
The Times also said it was unknown whether the State Department knew of Blumenthal’s intentions.
“It is not clear whether Mrs. Clinton or the State Department knew of Mr. Blumenthal’s interest in pursuing business in Libya; a State Department spokesman declined to say,” the Times reported. “Many aspects of Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement in the planned Libyan venture remain unclear. He declined repeated requests to discuss it.”
“He is on the list,” Gowdy said of Blumenthal in a radio interview. “We are taking the witnesses from the Department of State and CIA whose identities need to be preserved, we’re doing them first, and those are transcribed interviews.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., issued the typical asinine Democrat response to the subpoena.
“These latest moves by the Benghazi Committee — issuing a subpoena without first contacting the witness, leaking news of the subpoena before it was served, and not holding any Committee debate or vote — are straight out the partisan playbook of discredited Republican investigations,” Cummings said (H/T Western Journalism).
Cummings may want to tone down his rhetoric. It may very well be his party’s presidential candidate who’s discredited when all is said and done.