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Blumenthal Told Hillary Benghazi was Planned

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received information from Sidney Blumenthal, just two days after the Sept. 11, 2011 Benghazi attacks, stating that the assault was a premeditated terrorist attack, in contradiction of Obama administration assertions at the time that attacks were committed by a mob angry about an anti-Muslim video.

Blumenthal was one of Clinton’s unofficial sources of information about Libya, and she took his missives seriously. From the New York Times, which got a hold of a couple of the Sidneygrams:

The day after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on American outposts in Benghazi that killed Mr. Stevens and three other Americans, Mr. Blumenthal sent Mrs. Clinton a memo with his intelligence about what had occurred. The memo said the attacks were by “demonstrators” who “were inspired by what many devout Libyan viewed as a sacrilegious internet video on the prophet Mohammed originating in America.” Mrs. Clinton forwarded the memo to Mr. Sullivan, saying “More info.”

The next day, Mr. Blumenthal sent Mrs. Clinton a more thorough account of what had occurred. Citing “sensitive sources” in Libya, the memo provided extensive detail about the episode, saying that the siege had been set off by members of Ansar al-Shariah, the Libyan terrorist group. Those militants had ties to Al Qaeda, had planned the attacks for a month and had used a nearby protest as cover for the siege, the memo said. “We should get this around asap” Mrs. Clinton said in an email to Mr. Sullivan. “Will do,” he responded. That information contradicted the Obama administration’s narrative at the time about what had spawned the attacks. Republicans have said the administration misled the country about the attacks because it did not want to undermine the notion that President Obama, who was up for re-election, was winning the war on terrorism.

It occurs to me that the Blumenthal missive could help explain why Clinton didn’t appear on the Sunday talk shows that week touting the administration’s line that the attack was spontaneous, leaving the job instead to then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice. She may not have felt comfortable spinning a message she knew might not be correct.

Liberal Pundit Calls for FBI to Probe Hillary

Et tu, Alan Colmes?

The liberal but nevertheless intellectually non-comatose radio talk show host Alan Colmes Wednesday called for an FBI investigation into the potential conflicts of interests resulting from foreign donations to the Clinton charitable fund and Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State.

First person running for president while simultaneously under investigation by the FBI? Don’t count on it, but it’s not just a right-wing talking point, and everybody knows it.

State Won’t Review Secret Clinton Charity Donations

The State Department today said it would not review foreign government donations made to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State – donations that were not revealed, in violation of a memorandum of understanding with the White House.

“The State Department has not, and does not intend, to initiate a formal review or to make a retroactive judgment about items that were not submitted during Secretary Clinton’s tenure,” said State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke.

Well, okay, State Department reporters, including AP’s indefatigable Matt Lee, had a rather obvious question for Jeff, which is, “Why not?”

To which our spokesman responded, “God only knows,” or at least that was the expression on his face.

Here Rathke is, looking like a poor stranded duckling abandoned by his mother and left in the wilderness with inadequate talking points.

All Aboard the Clintons’ Marrakesh Express!

Wow. I have to give it to the mainstream media. They are not using the kid gloves with the Clintons, and if anything, going after them harder than the Republicans.

Because for reporters, even though many are indeed tilted toward the Left, the most exciting thing is not ideology, but digging up great scoops. Great scoops tinged with scandal are a friggin’ opiate rush. And when it comes to scandal, the Clintons have been generously providing for two and a half decades.

This latest is a combined reporting effort by Brian Ross of ABC News and Michael Isikoff of Yahoo – two of the best investigative reporters around – along with a couple of other ABC reporters. They’ve dug up that a lavish Clinton Foundation event held this week in Marrakesh, Morocco is bankrolled not only by a foreign government entity, but one accused of human rights violations.

Oops.

From the Yahoo report, which I also cited on REDLINE:

Former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative are being hosted this week at a five-star luxury hotel in Morocco by one of the world’s most controversial mining companies, criticized for “serious human rights violations” by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice.

The Moroccan government-owned mining company OCP operates in disputed international territory in a remote part of the Sahara Desert, and the firm has been criticized for removing the resources without adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there.

Here’s ABC’s version.

Man, what a great time ol’ Bill has been having these past several years. Center of attention, beautiful locales. The Man from Hope.

Does Bill Clinton Not Want Hillary to be President?

Honestly, honestly honestly. I think there is some secret, dark part of Bill Clinton – not that he actually has many “secret” dark parts, but stick with me here – that does not want his wife to be president. How else can one explain how this most sublime of politicians seems to do everything possible to destroy her chances?

He constructed a shady charity/business empire when he knew full well she would run for president. He helped screw up her 2008 effort with some dumb remarks about race.

The most recent unforced Bill Clinton error is his revival on the Today show this morning of the “We were so poor” theme, which Hillary already took for a test flight and crash landed with a few weeks ago.

Bill said:

Let me remind you, when we moved into the White House, we had the lowest net worth of any family since Harry Truman.

The explanation for Bill’s behavior is very simple: It’s male ego combined with grotesque infantilism.

If Hillary became president, she would then clearly eclipse him, having already been a New York senator and Secretary of State, while he was the governor of Arkansas, which I think has the population of Brooklyn or something.

So he was the governor of Brooklyn.

No offense to the people of Arkansas. I’m from New York City. I dig Brooklyn. But still.

I watched Bill Clinton closely when I covered him during during the final couple of years of his presidency, met him several times, and feel like I get him.

He is, at his core, a child stranded in the Freudian oral stage of development, ever seeking the next scrumptious thing to place into his mouth. And only his mouth. Nobody else’s.

He is America’s Greatest Living Narcissist, which is not an easy title to seize and hold. I know many pretenders to the throne in Washington.

More from Bill on Today:

Question: So she’s now running for president. Will you continue to give speeches?

BC: Oh yeah. I gotta pay our bills.

I mean, would his Secret Service detail get in the way at this point if Hillary tried to sequester him in a safe house in Kamchatka until December 2016?

Hillary’s campaign is already off to a bad start. And there is no way it will ever get to a good finish with Bill in the copilot seat.

CBS: Clinton Charity Took Secret Money from Foreign Countries

Now take a close look here, because this is a little different than what I’ve heard before.

CBS News is reporting that one of the Clinton charities, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, was taking undisclosed money from foreign countries.

Under the Clinton Memorandum of Understanding with the Obama White House, contributors were supposed to be revealed. We already know they weren’t, so that part isn’t new. And the charities got undisclosed money from foreigners, we also already know. But this report suggests that actual governments donated money, and that this wasn’t revealed.

Think about the massive conflict of interest this poses for a Secretary of State. Countries donating to her private charity.

The report says $54 million was donated in 2013 alone. Now, Clinton was no longer Secretary of State at that point, but CBS suggests the donations were also flowing secretly while she was Secretary of State. And even such massive donating done immediately after her tenure was completed could suggest promises were made and then donations were held off until she departed office. It’s really quite mind boggling.

CBS also reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has announced he will oppose Clinton in the Democratic primary, thinks this is all a legitimate campaign issue. Of course, it is. Look for Democrats throwing Hail Mary’s to make this a big deal of this before the Republican nominee even gets to it.

Clinton backers, and the White House, say there has been no indication favors were done for money. We may not know, because THE EMAILS ARE GONE. But this is exactly what reporters and the GOP opposition research operatives will be looking into.

Excuse Me, This is an Obama Administration Scandal

The great thing for President Obama about the latest Clinton scandal is that it is a Clinton scandal. Because had it involved any other member of the administration – like those not running for president – it would have been an Obama scandal. This scandal involves a major potential conflict of interest centering on one of President Obama’sContinue Reading

Video || Hillary’s Greatest Hits 2013 – 2015

Hillary Clinton is a deeply flawed candidate. Incredibly, her problems now really don’t even stem from all the suspicious activity that occurred before she became Secretary of State. These are all recent screw ups, no doubt to be carried forward into the White House should she become president. It’s been an astounding past two years for Hillary. TheContinue Reading

Halperin: Other State Officials Would Have Been Fired

John Halperin of Bloomberg, hardly a left-wing radical, said Sunday that senior State Department officials would have been fired for the things Hillary Clinton is already known to have done. Honestly, it’s hard to even believe Hillary is still taken seriously as a candidate at this point. But then again, she’s Hillary. No Republican couldContinue Reading