According to a letter from Rep. Trey Gowdy, Hillary Clinton internally raised the possibility of employing American security contractors during the Libya crises, one of which Sidney Blumenthal—a confidante and informal adviser of Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state—had a direct financial interest in. The Washington Free Beacon,
In a letter last week to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), the ranking Democrat on the Benghazi committee, Gowdy also reveals that Blumenthal, who frequently emailed Clinton regarding the security situation in Libya, sent an email to Clinton’s personal address containing the name of a Central Intelligence Agency source in Libya.
“This information, the name of a human source, is some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but also human lives,” Gowdy wrote.
“Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded the email to a colleague—debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address,” Gowdy noted.
That apparent breach of sensitive information and Blumenthal’s attempts to get Clinton on board with efforts to secure Libyan government contracts for his company “raise the likelihood that the Committee will need to bring back Sidney Blumenthal to reopen his deposition,” Gowdy wrote.
According to a congressional document, Hillary Clinton’s private email server was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany after she left office in early 2013. CBS News,
“While the attempts were apparently blocked by a “threat monitoring” product that Clinton’s employees connected to her network in October 2013, there was a period of more than three months from June to October 2013 when that protection had not been installed, according to a letter from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. That means her server was possibly vulnerable to cyberattacks during that time…
“A February 2014 email from SECNAP reported that malicious software based in China “was found running an attack against” Clinton’s server. In total, Senate investigators have found records describing three such attempts linked to China, one based in Germany and one originating in South Korea. The attacks occurred in 2013 and 2014. The letter describes four attacks, but investigators have since found records about a fifth attempt, said officials who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.”
Hillary Clinton’s interview with Savannah Guthrie of the Today show probably did not go as planned, especially given her weak response to an important question. Salon.com,
“Clinton lost her cool most dramatically when Guthrie pressed her on the issue of the email scandal. Noting that Clinton had both accused Republicans of exaggerating the size of the scandal and had apologized for using private email during her time as Secretary of State, Guthrie dug in. “Which is it?” Guthrie pointedly asked. “If you’re blaming the Republicans, some might wonder how genuine is that apology?”
“This posturing about Republicans is doing Clinton no favors. Of course Republicans are going to seize on this scandal in an effort to defeat her at the polls. Taking umbrage that politicians are being political makes Clinton sound naive at best, defensive and downright bratty at worst…
“It only makes things worse for her, because the entire scandal only has legs because it feeds people’s worst fears about the Clintons, namely that they think they are above the rules that everyone else has to live by. As Guthrie’s questioning made clear, Clinton really has to do a better job choosing which story she’s sticking with. Is it her fault or is it the Republicans’ fault? The more she flails around, the guiltier she looks.”
Saying that is appears she did not turn over all of her documents, the State Department has ordered Hillary Clinton to “go back to her Internet companies and try to recover email messages from any personal email accounts that she used during her time in government.” The Washington Times,
In a letter to Clinton lawyer David E. Kendall, the department said it has become aware of messages Mrs. Clinton sent to other government officials in her first few months in office, but which she did not turn over as part of the more than 30,000 emails she did relinquish last December.
Mrs. Clinton had previously said she used a personal email account — the same one she kept as a senator — to do government business during the first couple of months she was at the State Department. Her campaign said she no longer had access to those messages.
But after some of those messages were produced from the Defense Department, the State Department realized it had a problem.
“As a result, I ask that you confirm that, with regard to her tenure as secretary of state, former Secretary Clinton has provided the department with all federal records in her possession, regardless of their format or the domain on which they were stored or created, that may not otherwise be preserved in the department’s recordkeeping system,” Patrick F. Kennedy, under secretary of state for management, said in the letter, dated Oct. 2.