WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton admitted Thursday that she did not know the source of the intelligence memos that she was using during her intervention in Libya.
“I don’t know who wrote them” Clinton said of a number of intelligence memos that she received from her longtime political adviser Sidney Blumenthal, who did not work for the State Department. Clinton forwarded many of the memos to colleagues and even admitted in the hearing that the late Chris Stevens found some of the memos helpful, “more so than I could.”
“I don’t know where he got the information,” Clinton said. “I did learn later that he was talking to…former American intelligence officials.”
Blumenthal got some of his information from ex-CIA spy Tyler Drumheller, who wrote some of the memos. Rep. Trey Gowdy pointed out that Blumenthal was the most prolific emailer in Clinton’s inbox on the issues of Libya and Benghazi.
Clinton said that she “did not ask” for information from Blumenthal. “They started out unsolicited, and some were of interest and some were not.”
But Rep. Trey Gowdy pointed out numerous instances in Clinton’s emails in which she asked Blumenthal for information.
“I don’t know what this line of questioning does to help us get to the bottom of the deaths of four Americans,” Clinton said.
Clinton admitted that she did not tell President Obama’s White House that Blumenthal was advising her.
Clinton also admitted in the hearing that the late Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have Clinton’s private email address.