House panel acquires 60 new Clinton-Blumenthal e-mail exchanges

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi sifted through 120 documents provided by Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal, 60 previously undisclosed e-mail interchanges between Clinton and Blumenthal have emerged casting doubt on whether or not State and Clinton fully complied with the House panel’s demand to turn over all documents pertaining to their inquiry.

The recent discovery of the new cache of e-mails acquired through a subpoena of Sidney Blumenthal raises questions as to whether Clinton did not hand over all of her documents to the State Department or the State Department did not turn over its documents to the House panel.

These emails were not previously produced to the Committee or released to the public, and they will help inform tomorrow’s deposition,” panel Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement late Monday evening. “We are prepared to release these emails.”

A December 2014 letter to Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, read:

Please provide, as soon as possible but no later than Dec. 31, 2014, any and all documents and communications referring or relating to a.) Libya (including but not limited to Benghazi and Tripoli), and/or b) weapons located or found in, imported or brought into, and/or exported or removed from Libya, authored by, sent to, or received by the email address ‘hdr22@clintonemail.com’ between Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2013.”

The House letter appears to be straightforward.

It would be naïve to deduce Hillary, an attorney by trade, and her high-powered lawyer, David Kendall, were nonplussed when interpreting the language in the House letter.  In contrast, critics of the House panel will howl the committee is engaging in dumpster diving to dig up even scant evidence to injure her White House bid.

While State is not above suspicion, the fact Blumenthal provided these additional documents suggest he may not be altruistic and both he and Clinton did not establish a corresponding narrative prior to obliging with requests from the House panel.

[politico.com]