Gowdy told TV host Martha McCallum that Blumenthal gave information to Christopher Steele, the former intelligence officer who authored the dossier which served as the basis for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant on Carter Page.
“I’m trying to think how Secretary Clinton defined him. I think she said he was an old friend who emailed her from time to time,” he said.
“That would be really warm. You’re warm,” Gowdy replied when McCallum asked him if Blumenthal was the source he was referring to.
“Everything that there is to know about it, and I have known about it for over a month,” he said. “If you go and read the documents at the Department of Justice, you see it. I am troubled by it.”
Blumenthal, officially a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, spread rumors that one of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s prosecutors abused young boys and that Monica Lewinsky was stalking the president, according to the Observer.
Blumenthal was also credited with creating the “vast right wing conspiracy” phrase, which then-First Lady Hillary Clinton used in the late 1990s.
Former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher said in September 2016 that Blumenthal, who was a “senior advisor” for the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, had “told me in person” that Obama was born in Kenya and had originated the “Birther” conspiracy theory during the 2008 election cycle. He claimed:
“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.
At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”
After Obama was elected president, the New York Times reported that “As White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel was the one to bring the hammer down on Sidney Blumenthal” partly “for spreading harsh attacks” against Obama during the primary race.
Shortly thereafter, Blumenthal, who was an editor at the center-left news website Daily Beast, suggested to Daily Beast conservative columnist and radio host John Batchelor to write an op-ed titled “How Rahm Is Reviving the GOP.” Batchelor confirmed that Blumenthal was his editor in a tweet to The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.
Blumenthal earned $10,000 per month as a full-time employee of the Clinton Foundation while he was providing unsolicited intelligence on Libya to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Fox News reported that the media empire of pro-Clinton ally David Brock paid Blumenthal over $200,000 per year.
Gowdy, then-Benghazi Committee Chairman, issued a subpoena to Blumenthal, demanding that he testify to the committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
WikiLeaks exposed an email from Hillary Clinton asking her foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, to pass around a Blumenthal memo to the White House and federal agencies.
“Sid is lost in his own web of conspiracies,” Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta emailed on January 1, 2016 to liberal activist Brent Budowsky. “I pay zero attention to what he says.”
“Blumenthal did not have the slightest idea of what he was talking about in his girlie gossip with the secretary of state about this,” Budowsky responded. “Why she places such great stock over so much time in these exchanges with Blumenthal is mystifying to me — and frankly troublesome.”