In a 13 page letter, Rep. Trey Gowdy fired back today over charges the committee he leads investigating the Benghazi terror attack is politically motivated.
In the process, Gowdy revealed stunning new details that show Hillary working closely with a long time friend and surrogate who was urging Hillary to attack Libya as he stood to reap big financial benefits from her dealings.
According to Politico:
“House GOP Benghazi investigators are charging that Hillary Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal acted as her “de facto political adviser” on Libya despite having a financial stake in the country that Clinton eventually became aware of.
In a lengthy letter to skeptical Democrats on Thursday, Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi said that a new trove of emails recently turned over by the State Department offers more details on Blumenthal’s role advising Clinton while he developed a business venture that stood to profit from State Department decisions…
In 2011, Blumenthal — a longtime Clinton friend who was barred by President Barack Obama from working for Clinton at State — wrote Clinton a series of intelligence memos on everything from the movement of Muammar Gaddafi’s forces to disputes within the Libyan rebel groups and their plans of attack.”
The article continues:
“The fact that former Secretary Clinton relied so heavily on an individual for the Libyan intervention … is mind boggling,” writes Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). “More disturbing is that at the same time Blumenthal was pushing Secretary Clinton to war in Libya, he was privately pushing a business interest of his own in Libya that stood to profit from contracts with the new Libyan government—a government that would exist only after a successful U.S. intervention in Libya that deposed Qaddafi.”
The letter represents Gowdy’s opening move to win-back the narrative that for the past week has played in Democrats’ favor…”
Republicans seized on Blumenthals’ financial interests for his motives.
“It is … unsurprising that somebody who knew so little about Libya would suddenly become so interested in Libya and push an old friend in a powerful place to action—for personal profit,” the letter says.
In an April 8, 2011 email to he told Clinton that the Libyan rebel leaders were thinking about “hiring private security firms to help train and organize their forces.” Clinton, according to the letter, forwarded that message to Sullivan saying the “idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”
In one of the new emails from May 5, 2011, Blumenthal complained about a “French economic grab.” “Major French corporations” were “looking to establish working relationships with the rebel leaders as the move toward becoming the new government of Libya,” his email read. He told Clinton they had secured a “memorandum of agreement” with the Libyan rebel leaders to give French firms “favorable consideration in all future business matters.”
Clinton wrote back to Blumenthal the next day: “Just met w TNC again, but signed no contracts! Thx.”