#HotScoop of the evening, The Hill has the Vine, “Issa escorted out of Benghazi deposition“:
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to crash former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday.
Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
The pair briefly exchanged hushed words in a nearby hallway before Issa stormed off, throwing an empty soda can into a nearby trash bin…
Issa conducted his own lengthy investigation into the deadly 2012 siege in Benghazi, Libya, when he was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. At one point, he called the former secretary of State to testify…
As for the actual hearing, Politico works very hard to find a pony in the manure pile:
… Blumenthal, subpoenaed by the Select Committee on Benghazi for a closed-door deposition, merely copied and pasted memos from Tyler Drumheller, a former CIA officer who was working on a Libya business venture, and sent them to Clinton, two people familiar with his testimony told POLITICO.
The sources also said Blumenthal maintained that his practice of forwarding such memos was unsolicited and that he was not being compensated for gathering or passing along the information.
The latest news comes just hours after revelations that Blumenthal had given Republican investigators 60 new Libya-related emails that either the State Department or Hillary Clinton failed to turn over….
So as part of his sinecure with the Clinton Foundation (“The Obama administration had barred Blumenthal, a close friend to the Clinton family, from working at State because of attacks he made during the 2008 Democratic primary against the now-sitting president”), Blumenthal forwarded a bunch of pro-business spam to HRClinton, whose staff deleted it from the email dump so noisily demanded by the previous six BENGHAZI!!!! panels. Along with the very significant globally important emails from Nigerian princes looking to solve America’s deficit problems if she would transmit her banking details, I’m guessing.
Vox has a very detailed history of Sidney Blumenthal’s career, if you had managed to successfully suppress all memory of the 1990s. The worst they can find to say about him is that he’d be a Democratic Karl Rove, assuming either he or the Democratic politicians he worked for had no ethical standards whatsoever — but, of course, there is no leftwing equivalent of IOKIYAR.