Blumenthal to testify on Benghazi on June 16

Sidney Blumenthal, long serving ClintonWorld loyalist, will appear in front of the House Committee investigating the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“This appearance before the Select Committee on Benghazi involves a witness deposition, which is typically done in private,” according to an advisory from the committee. “The session will be closed to the media.”

Blumenthal came to the attention of Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Benghazi panel, after the committee was given thousands of pages of documents from Clinton’s tenure that showed Blumenthal and the secretary traded frequent emails on the security and diplomatic environments in Libya before and after the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks.

Blumenthal served as an advisor in the Clinton White House, his specialty being media communications and messaging. He served a central role during the aftermath of the revelations of President Clinton’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, acting as a liaison between the White House and the press corps, attempting to smear opponents and accusers and spin events in Clinton’s favor.

During Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State Blumenthal enjoyed a very lucrative financial relationship with the Clinton’s and numerous organizations which were working behind the scenes preparing for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. His proximity to Libya was as a consultant for business groups looking to profit from the regime changes taking place in the region.

Blumenthal was barred by the Obama Administration from taking a position in Hillary’s State Department, but nonetheless he provided intelligence reports that were in turn circulated by Clinton. These reports were altered prior to circulation to hide their original source. This may have come to the fore, however, in an evening closed door meeting on September 15, 2012, when Attorney General Eric Holder privately met with Clinton regarding the Benghazi investigation. It is my contention that Hillary was forced to substantiate her source, and having found it deficient, the next day the oft-criticized “spontaneous reaction to an Internet video” reasoning was drawn out by Ambassador Susan Rice on multiple news shows. Blumenthal’s second and much more detailed memo sent on September 12 downplayed this theory and stated instead that al-Qaida affiliated terrorists had planned the attack for some time prior and used the protests as operational cover.

[Politico]