In a rush to attack Republicans, the Democrats on the House Benghazi Committee accidentally released a transcript from their report which shows long-time Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal received massive 6-figure payments from liberal Clinton groups.
Blumenthal, who was a frequent contact of Hillary’s on the now-controversial emails server, testified that he was paid $200,000 per year from David Brock’s organizations, including Media Matters and American Bridge. At the same time, Blumenthal was an adviser to Libyan business interests.
The exchange was supposed to be redacted, but now we know just how wealthy you can become by being a Clinton insider. Wow!
But the redaction marks are easily erased by anyone able to use a computer’s cut-and-paste function. Once the marks are lifted, the transcript portion reveals some unflattering things for any partisans on the committee, Republican or Democrat. It shows that Republicans did, indeed, leverage their subpoena of Blumenthal for political gain, digging into his financial contracts with David Brock and forcing him to reveal the details of a lucrative financial arrangement that congressional sources would ultimately leak to Fox News.
And for Democrats, the exchange exposes once again the absurd amounts of money people in the orbit of the Clintons sometimes seem to rake in just for, well, being in the orbit of the Clintons. “I’d say it’s about $200,000 a year,” Blumenthal said when asked by a committee member how much the part-time work offering up advice and ideas was worth.
“Redacted due to Chairman Gowdy’s refusal to allow release of transcript,” says a footnote to the pages of thick black redaction marks. “If released, the transcript would show that Republicans asked Mr. Blumenthal questions about his relationship with Media Matters, David Brock and Correct the Record.” Brock is a longtime Clinton loyalist, and Correct the Record and Media Matters are among the nonprofits he uses to attack Clinton opponents.
And how did Blumenthal get such a contract? “I have had a very long friendship with the chairman of Media Matters, whose name is David Brock, from before he founded this organization, and I have sustained that friendship. And he asked me to help provide ideas and advice to him and his organizations,” Blumenthal said.
Via LA Times
There is no doubt that Blumenthal used his relationship with Hillary Clinton to help the business interests he worked for in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State are criminal, and her network needs to be exposed before the November elections.
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