Clinton ally praised her Libya 'success' year before Benghazi attacks: emails

Blumenthal is trailed by reporters as he takes a lunch break from being deposed in private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An unofficial adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was U.S. Secretary of State told her during the 2011 rebellion that ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that history had “vindicated” her and the “successful strategy” of the United States, emails released on Monday showed. Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton ally and friend, heaped praise on her in the emails while making snide remarks about lower-level White House officials whom Blumenthal apparently feared would soft pedal what he considered to be a moment of U.S. triumph during the NATO-led intervention. The emails were released by the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating the September 11, 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

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