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- September 1, 2015

New Emails Show Clinton Sought And Received Counsel From Sidney Blumenthal On Many Matters Foreign And Domestic

Clinton Was Being Dishonest When She Said Blumenthal's Advice Was "Unsolicited," As "The Emails Released So Far Show That At Times She Sought His Counsel." "Although Clinton has described Blumenthal's advice as unsolicited, the emails released so far show that at times she sought his counsel. The extensive communication appears to have been a constant during Clinton's tenure, after her attempts to get Blumenthal a State Department post were blocked by Obama aides unhappy with his role during the 2008 presidential primary fight between Obama and Clinton." (Nahal Toosi, "Sid Blumenthal's Raw Advice For Hillary," Politico, 9/1/15)

"The Latest Batch Of Clinton Emails Released Late Monday Further Shed Light On How Blumenthal … Was An Inescapable Presence In The Former Secretary Of State's Digital Life During Her Years At Foggy Bottom." "The latest batch of Clinton emails released late Monday further shed light on how Blumenthal, the liberal writer and longtime confidant of the Clinton family, was an inescapable presence in the former secretary of state's digital life during her years at Foggy Bottom." (Nahal Toosi, "Sid Blumenthal's Raw Advice For Hillary," Politico, 9/1/15)

CLINTON SOUGHT BLUMENTHAL'S ADVICE ON DOMESTIC POLITICS AS WELL AS FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND SHADY SID WAS HAPPY TO OBLIGE

Of The 4,368 Emails That The State Department Released Yesterday, 306, Or Seven Percent, "Involved Messages From Mr. Blumenthal To Clinton Or Vice Versa." "Mr. Blumenthal, in fact, was so prolific in his messages to 'H,' as he addressed her, that he seems to be the person she heard from by email the most outside her department. Of the 4,368 emails and documents, mostly from 2010, that were posted on the State Department website on Monday night in response to a court order, a search found that 306 involved messages from Mr. Blumenthal to Mrs. Clinton or vice versa." (Peter Baker, Emails Show How Hillary Clinton Valued Input From Sidney Blumenthal," The New York Times , 9/1/15)

  • In His Emails, " Blumenthal Appeared To Cover As Much Territory As The Jet-Setting Clinton. " "In his emails, Blumenthal appeared to cover as much territory as the jet-setting Clinton, dealing with everything from politics in Northern Ireland to the foreign policy bona fides of a top adviser to President Barack Obama." (Nahal Toosi, "Sid Blumenthal's Raw Advice For Hillary," Politico, 9/1/15)

Blumenthal "Weighed In Freely" On Foreign Affairs And "Served As An Informer On Domestic Politics." "In addition to memos on Libya that have drawn attention, Mr. Blumenthal weighed in freely on events in Britain, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran, China, Greece, Mexico, Italy and even Kyrgyzstan, becoming a sort of unofficial early warning service for the secretary on the far-flung issues that confronted her. He also served as an informer on domestic politics, keeping her up-to-date on the latest machinations in the White House and the campaign trail, even offering suggestions for midterm election strategy." (Peter Baker, Emails Show How Hillary Clinton Valued Input From Sidney Blumenthal," The New York Times , 9/1/15)

Domestic Politics

Contrary To Prior Statements, Clinton Frequently Solicited Input From Sidney Blumenthal . (Hillary Clinton, Email Sidney Blumenthal, 3/31/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15)

In September 2010, Blumenthal Provided Information To Clinton About The Impending U.S. Midterm Elections. BLUMENTHAL: "Since you are on this tack: This is a cri de Coeur from the guy who wrote 'The Political Brain' and was a major Obama supporter, Drew Westen. I'll write you another memo very soon… Sid." (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 9/1/10, State Department Release 8/31/15, p. 94)

On August 31, 2010, Clinton Received A Memo From Blumenthal Regarding The Tea Party And The 2010 Midterm Elections. (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 8/31/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 95)

While Advising Clinton On Israel, Blumenthal Harshly Criticized David Axelrod Saying "Axelrod Should Not Be A Foreign Policy Spokesman On Any Issue Or Area." (Sidney Blumenthal Email To Hillary Clinton, 3/17/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 163)

  • Blumenthal Went Further On To Say That "Axelrod Has Enough To Do Fixing The Domestic Messes He's Made." (Sidney Blumenthal Email To Hillary Clinton, 3/17/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 163)

 

In An October 2010 Email, Sidney Blumenthal Shares With Clinton Polling Data He Found With The Help Of Clinton-Ally David Brock For Democrat Attacks Against Republicans. (Sid Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 10/06/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 78)

China

Blumenthal Advised Clinton That She Should Be Tough On China In A January 21, 2010 Speech. SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL: "Your speech tomorrow should be crystal clear, explicit and tough on China and spell out the economic consequences not just for the Chinese and their future but for the economic future of ordinary working people in the USA and their stake in successful diplomacy on the issue and why their future is the basis of our national interest." (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 1/20/15; State Department Release, 8/31/15, p. 195)

Israel

On August 23, 2010, Blumenthal Emailed Clinton With Advice On How To Negotiate With The Israelis, Saying "Don't Operate From Blank Slate Or Allow Bibi To Set The Terms." BLUMENTHAL: "Don't operate from blank slate or allow Bibi to set the terms. There are already terms." (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 8/23/10, State Department Release , 8/31/15, p.100)

Greece

On April 27th, 2010, Sidney Blumenthal Emailed Clinton And CC'd Aide Cheryl Mills A Memo On The Greek Economic Crisis. (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton and Cheryl MIlls, 4/27/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 145)

Iran

In An October 2010 Email, Sidney Blumenthal Flagged To Clinton Additional Information On The American Hikers Taken Captive By Iran And Promised To Provide European Policy Ideas." BLUMENTHAL: "I will send you memos on latest political intel and policy ideas for Europe in the next few days. Sid." (Sid Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 10/22/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 70)

Italy

In A December 10, 2010 Memo To Clinton, Sid Blumenthal Sent Political Advice For President Obama About The Attack On Italian PM Berlusconi. ( Sid Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 12/10/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 208)

Kyrgyzstan

On June 18, 2010, Clinton Asked Her Aide To "Make 3 Copies" Of A Sidney Blumenthal Memo On The Kyrgyzstan Crisis. CLINTON: "Pls. make 3 copies." (Hillary Clinton, Email To Lauren Jiloty, 6/18/10, State Department Release 8/31/15, p. 1)

On April 24, 2010, Clinton Forwarded An Email From Sidney Blumenthal On Kyrgyzstan To Robert Blake, Then Assistant Secretary For South And Central Asian Affairs. (Hillary Clinton, Email To Robert Blake, 4/24/10, State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 150)

Nigeria

On January 1, 2010, Clinton Thanked Blumenthal For Information "About The Nigerian" While Also Saying She Looks "Forward To Seeing More Of" Him In The Upcoming Months. ( Hillary Clinton, Email To Sid Blumenthal, 1/1/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 208)

Northern Ireland

On February 4, 2010, Clinton Asked Blumenthal For Advice On How To Frame An Official Statement On Developments In Northern Ireland. "CLINTON: How would you frame the relevance?" (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 2/4/10; State Department Release, 8/31/15, p. 184)

United Kingdom

On May 9, 2010, Clinton Sent An Email To Sidney Blumenthal Saying "I Shared Your Emails W Bill Who Thought They Were 'Brilliant'! Keep 'Em Coming When You Can" Regarding The British General Election. (Hillary Clinton, Email To Sidney Blumenthal, 5/9/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 141)

Following The British General Election Of 2010, Blumenthal Advised Clinton That Soon-To-Be Foreign Secretary William Hague Would Be "Disingenuous With You" And Suggested U.S. Policy In Europe "Tilt Publicly To Merkel" And Germany. (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 5/9/10, State Department Release 8/31/15, p. 140)

Saudi Arabia

On February 17, 2010, Sidney Blumenthal Sent Hillary Clinton An Email On Iran And Saudi Arabia And Clinton Asked Her Aide To Print The Memorandum. (Hillary Clinton, Email From Sidney Blumenthal, 2/17/10; State Department Release, 8/31/15, p. 24)

On February 13, 2010 Hillary Clinton Thanked Sidney Blumenthal For His Memorandum On Saudi Arabia. (Hillary Clinton, Email From Sidney Blumenthal, 2/13/10; State Department Release, 8/31/15, p. 24)

Foreign Public Opinion

On August 28, 2010, Blumenthal Forwarded A Poll On "Arab Public Opinion" To Clinton, To Which Clinton Replied "This Is Very Helpful--Thx." BLUMENTHAL: "H: Can someone print this poll from Brookings on Arab public opinion for you? Sid" CLINTON: "This is very helpful - thx." (Sidney Blumenthal, Email To Hillary Clinton, 8/28/10; State Department Release , 8/31/15, p. 99)

 


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