Sid Blumenthal, extensively often known as Sid Vicious, is the bad penny of American political life. He retains turning up in main scandals — e.g., the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair and the Libya fiasco. In addition, as Eli Lake has identified, we realized of Hillary Clinton’s personal electronic mail server as a result of Blumenthal’s personal e-mail was breached by Marcel Lehel Lazar, a Romanian hacker who goes by the moniker Guccifer.
Therefore, we shouldn’t be shocked that Trey Gowdy has just about stated Blumenthal fed info to Christopher Steele in an effort to assist Steele in his quest to dig up grime on Donald Trump. Rebecca Morin of Politico studies:
During an interview on Fox News’ “The Story,” host Martha MacCallum requested Gowdy whether or not “weeks before the election, somebody in the Obama State Department was feeding information from a foreign source to Christopher Steele.” MacCallum had beforehand requested whether or not Gowdy knew something about “a source who gave an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton who then gave information to an unnamed official in the Obama state department who then gave the information to Steele.”
“When you hear who the source, one of the sources of that information is, you’re going to think, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve heard that name somewhere before. Where could it possibly have been?’” Gowdy replied. . . .
“I’m trying to think of how Secretary Clinton defined him. I think she said he was an old friend who emailed her from time to time,” Gowdy stated.
Asked whether or not it was Blumenthal, Gowdy stated: “That would be really warm. You’re warm.”
Hillary Clinton, in fact, characterised Blumenthal as an outdated buddy who emailed her infrequently when she was trying to downplay his position in setting her disastrous Libya coverage. He by no means formally labored for the Clinton State Department. Team Obama, which hated him, made certain of that. However, he was in a position to affect Clinton primarily based on his “friendship” and emails.
Gowdy’s feedback are per the request by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham that the Justice Department criminally examine Steele. Their referral states overseas supply gave info to an unnamed affiliate of the Clintons, who then gave info to an unnamed official within the Obama State Department, who then gave the knowledge to Steele.
Steele was working for the Clinton marketing campaign. Thus, when he used Russian sources, lots of whom undoubtedly had Kremlin connections, the Clinton marketing campaign was “colluding” with the Russians. In addition, when the Justice Department submitted Steele’s file to a court docket, it was utilizing Team Clinton’s analysis as a foundation for acquiring a warrant to spy Carter Page and anybody within the Trump marketing campaign he may speak to.
Blumenthal’s involvement provides one other layer. Team Clinton wasn’t simply paying Steele to dig up grime, it was offering grime to Steele, by way of Hillary’s buddy Blumenthal and, if I learn the Grassley-Graham referral accurately, an unnamed official within the Obama State Department.
I’m serious about realizing who Blumenthal’s “foreign source” was. A Russian, maybe?
Regardless, it now seems that Team Clinton didn’t simply pay for the file, it helped manufacture it. And although its efforts weren’t adequate to safe the large prize for Hillary, they supplied the solace of constructing life tough for the person who, because the Clintonistas need us to see issues, stole the large prize from her.