The New York Times published emails on Monday that indicate Hillary Clinton used at least two email addresses during her time as secretary of state. This new information contradicts her prior claims that she only used one personal email address for government business.
The documents also reveal that Clinton was receiving intelligence memos about the developing situation in Libya from Sidney Blumenthal. She then forwarded the memos to senior diplomatic officials in Libya and Washington. This behavior is problematic because Blumenthal, who worked for former President Bill Clinton, was employed by the Clinton Foundation during the time frame the memos were sent.
The documents revealed an alternate personal email address used by Hillary Clinton while serving as secretary of state, “email@example.com.”
Before we delve into the content of the emails and further examine Blumenthal’s role, let’s get some questions out in the open that are of paramount importance to consider while developing an informed opinion regarding this emerging story.
What the heck is up with the handle “hrod17”? Is seventeen her lucky number? Was that her AOL instant messenger screen name? Is Hrod her nickname? Could Hrod17 be anymore unprofessional? What’s Bill’s email address BJsforBC?
I apologize. I had to get those questions out into the universe. They were eating me up inside!
Let’s get back on topic and take a look at the content of the emails sent by Sid Blumenthal, as reported by The New York Times.
While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation, to help with research, “message guidance” and the planning of commemorative events, according to foundation officials. During the same period, he also worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
Much of the Libya intelligence that Mr. Blumenthal passed on to Mrs. Clinton appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government. The venture, which was ultimately unsuccessful, involved other Clinton friends, a private military contractor and one former C.I.A. spy seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new Libyan economy.
The projects — creating floating hospitals to treat Libya’s war wounded and temporary housing for displaced people, and building schools — would have required State Department permits, but foundered before the business partners could seek official approval.
It is not clear whether Mrs. Clinton or the State Department knew of Mr. Blumenthal’s interest in pursuing business in Libya; a State Department spokesman declined to say. Many aspects of Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement in the planned Libyan venture remain unclear. He declined repeated requests to discuss it.
But interviews with his associates and a review of previously unreported correspondence suggest that — once again — it may be difficult to determine where one of Mr. Blumenthal’s jobs ended and another began.
At first glance these documents appear capable of dealing a fatal blow to Hillary’s chances of securing the nomination, before campaign season even launches into full swing. However, this isn’t the Clinton’s first dance with controversy.
Hillary will likely defend this challenge to her character with the grace only a seasoned politician can employ. First, she will completely ignore the controversy and refuse to answer questions about it, while the GOP candidates steal the spotlight and attempt to one-up each other with Hillary zingers. Weeks from now she will emerge unscathed, and the American people will have completely forgotten about #Hrod17Gate.
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