The House select committee investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack issued a subpoena Tuesday to former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal. Committee spokesman Jamal Ware confirmed to Fox News that Blumenthal had been called to give a deposition before the committee.
This all came a day after The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton had received private intelligence reports from Blumenthal regarding the situation in Libya during the civil war that led to the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. According to the paper, Hillary sent some of those reports on to aides and State Department personnel.
Also, Clinton was sent a memo, informing her of the situation. Blumenthal was advising business associates who were hoping to win contracts from Libya’s transitional post-Qaddafi government. The Times report did not make clear what, if anything, Clinton and the State Department knew of Blumenthal’s involvement in any potential business projects in Libya.
Late Tuesday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Benghazi committee’s ranking Democrat, accused Republicans on the committee of heavy-handed tactics in issuing the subpoena to Blumenthal.
“There was no need for the Select Committee to send two U.S. Marshals to the home of Sidney Blumenthal to serve his wife with a subpoena, especially since the Committee never bothered to contact him first to ask him whether he would voluntarily come in,” Cummings said. “These heavy-handed, aggressive, and unnecessary tactics waste the time of the U.S. Marshal service.”
The Times report also indicated that Clinton may have used a second e-mail address to handle her official correspondence. Emails published by the Times show Clinton writing from the address, email@example.com. This is distinct from the other address she has acknowledged using as secretary of state, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ware told FoxNews.com earlier Tuesday it was not clear whether the multiple e-mail addresses reflected a glitch or proved Clinton really was using two email addresses, contrary to what her office claims.
“There’s only one way to know that for certain,” Ware said in an email. “For Clinton to turn over the server for independent analysis.”