In her appearance before the House Benghazi Committee today, committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of being more accessible to long-time confidante Sidney Blumenthal than to the late Ambassador Chris Stevens, after it emerged that Stevens did not have Clinton’s e-mail address.
Clinton told lawmakers that Stevens, unlike Blumenthal, did not have her personal e-mail address. “If Ambassador Stevens had grave concerns that he wanted raised with me, he certainly knew how to do that,” she said, adding later that “he did not” ask for her personal e-mail address.
She also argued that Blumenthal’s Libya memos had intelligence value, although she insisted that he did not advise her. “Both Chris Stevens and Gene Cretz [a career diplomat serving in Libya] found some of the information interesting, far more than I could, because they knew some of the characters who were being mentioned and they were the ones — the kind of person with the expertise that I asked to evaluate to see whether there was any useful information,” Clinton said.