Usually, when you have a person in your life that creates drama, you try to minimize your contact with them, even if you can’t cut contact off completely. You might see them once in a while for a drink, if you’ve been imbibing earlier in the day and can tolerate them, or you might limit your contact with them to situations where you can exit quickly, like DC cocktail parties, company picnics or emergency rooms.
The Clintons have yet to learn that social function, apparently. Even though Sidney Blumenthal is a blemish on their otherwise untarnished reputation for above-board activities, the Clintons have failed to keep him at arm’s length. Actually, to say they’ve failed to keep him at arm’s length is an understatement – they’ve been incorporating him into every aspect of their lives, and in the case of Sidney’s involvement at the State Department and with the Clinton Foundation, occasionally double-dipping into his very shallow pond. While Sidney was busy telling Hillary Clinton all about how Libya was an emerging democracy with the potential to provide American corporations with a sustainable future, it turns out he was also pulling a $10K-per-month salary from the Clinton Foundation for his work helping to make the world a better place.
The Clinton Foundation paid Sidney Blumenthal, an unofficial advisor to Hillary Clinton who emailed her reports on the situation in Libya, a monthly salary of about $10,000, according to Politico.
Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton confidante, joined the foundation’s payroll in 2009 and was switched to a similar contract without benefits in 2013. That contracted ended in March of that year.
The foundation hired Blumenthal after former President Clinton requested it, and the move was scrutinized by some foundation employees, according to Politico.
E-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server released last week by the State Department showed that Blumenthal sent about 25 memos to Clinton about Libya, including one that initially blamed the 2012 Benghazi attacks on a “sacrilegious internet video.” A follow-up e-mail attributed it to a terrorist attack.
There’s limited information on what, exactly, Sidney Blumenthal did at the Clinton Foundation, but we assume he was working at more than just improving their filing systems.