Despite her claim that she did not seek Blumenthal’s advice and insight, numerous emails contained in the Clinton trove show that the then-secretary of state frequently asked her friend for follow-up information and gossip. (RELATED: Emails Undermine Hillary’s Claim That Blumenthal Emails Were ‘Unsolicited’)
A March 23, 2012 State Department meeting listed on Clinton’s State Department calendar also undermines Clinton’s claim that she kept Blumenthal at arm’s length.
Blumenthal was joined at the meeting with Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz, another close Clinton ally. Other emails that Blumenthal sent to Clinton show that he and Wilentz are close friends. In one Oct. 2010 email, Blumenthal sent Clinton a link to an article bearing Wilentz’s byline which was critical of the tea party.
“Did this with Sean,” Blumemthal wrote.
Blumenthal’s appearance at the State Department is notable for another reason. He was famously blocked by the Obama White House in 2009 from taking a job with the State Department because of his shady campaign activities during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary contest between Clinton and Obama. Blumenthal, always the loyal hatchet-man, was responsible for circulating a number of rumors about Obama among his circle of journalism friends.