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Clinton Says Source of Libya Intelligence Was a Mystery

Why did she seem so incurious about Sid Blumenthal's information?
Cool under pressure.

Cool under pressure.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified Thursday that she wasn’t aware of the source of information about Libya provided by her friend Sidney Blumenthal and that it didn’t matter. Republican lawmakers and former officials were shocked she had so little curiosity about information she shared with top members of her staff, and thought it relevant that Blumenthal was working with a partisan former intelligence official as well as a longtime friend of the Clinton family.

Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Benghazi Committee, pressed Clinton to disclose exactly how much she knew about the credibility of the information that Blumenthal was sending to her personal e-mail account about the political and security situation on the ground in Libya in 2011 and 2012. E-mails released by the committee showed that Clinton sometimes solicited knowledge from Blumenthal. She often passed on his memos for review and feedback to top White House and State Department officials, including Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack on Sept. 11, 2012.