Sometime journalist, sometime Clinton family confidant and one time White House staffer Sydney Blumenthal was reportedly paid $10, 000 a month by the Clinton Foundation to advise Hilary Clinton while she was U.S. Secretary of State, including the time of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
After advising Clinton on her failed 2008 Presidential bid, Blumenthal was hired as a full time employee of the Clinton Foundation. He is said to have been involved in the discussions over the Benghazi attack and to have sent Hilary Clinton E mails about how to deal with the fallout from it.
The attack, perpetrated by Arab terrorists, left four Americans dead including the American Consular General. The Republicans in the U.S. have blamed Clinton, who was then the Secretary of State, for failing to do enough to protect the consulate and not getting the military to come to its aid during the attack. Republican Presidential candidates hope to use the attack against Clinton should she be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
But whatever one believes did or did not happen in Libya, the real question is why did a non-profit like the Clinton Foundation pay a political operative $10, 000 a month to advise the sitting Secretary of State?
Blumenthal has been subpoenaed by Congressional Republicans and will soon testify as to what he knows about what happened in 2012.
“The Hill” sited a statement released by Blumenthal’s attorney after he agreed to testify which read, “From time to time, as a private citizen and friend, I provided Secretary Clinton with material on a variety of topics that I thought she might find interesting or helpful.”
“The reports I sent her came from sources I considered reliable. I have informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that I will cooperate with its inquiry and look forward to answering the committee’s questions.”
When asked about Blumenthal, Clinton said, “I have many, many old friends, and I always think that it’s important when you get into politics to have friends that you had before you were in politics and to understand what’s on their minds. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time — he sent me unsolicited emails, which I passed on in some instances, and I see that that’s just part of the give-and-take.”
“When you’re in the public eye, when 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, and I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are.”