Leaked e-mails reveal Hillary's henchman Sid Blumenthal illegally lobbied for Putin ally
The anonymous hacker known as Guccifer is the wild card for Hillary Clinton in her cover-up of her activities during her service as secretary of state. It is already established that her close aide, Sidney Blumenthal, ran an off-the-books intelligence operation for her concerning relations with Libya, Europe, and elsewhere, directly relelvant to the events at Benghazi, thanks to e-mails hacked by Guccifer (who is rumored to be a Romanian intelligence agency, but who knows?). Now, also thanks to Guccifer, we learn via Gawker and Soros-funded ProPublica that:
… leaked emails from her longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal show that he and another former official from Bill Clinton's administration were secretly lobbying the secretary of state on behalf of a billionaire in the former Soviet state of Georgia who was seeking closer ties with Putin's Russia—seemingly in violation of a federal law designed to prevent foreign powers from covertly wielding influence within the United States. (snip)
In 2012, Georgia was gearing up to elect a new prime minister. Oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili led the opposition Georgian Dream party, which called for closer relations with Russia—a state that had invaded Georgia only four years earlier. He was opposing the incumbent President Mikheil Saakashvili, who had enjoyed U.S. support.
Ivanishvili was eager to meet with then-Secretary of State Clinton, but found himself snubbed during a state visit in June 2012. In September 2012, Blumenthal prepared a long, official-looking memo for Clinton on the subject of the Georgian election. It passed along a note from John Kornblum, an international lawyer who had served as ambassador to Germany under Bill Clinton. According to Blumenthal's memo, Kornblum was "working with the political party in Georgia opposing Saakashvili"; contemporaneous press accounts corroborate the fact that Kornblum was formally acting as an adviser to Georgian Dream.
Blumenthal's preamble to the memo warned that Georgia "could be a potential hot spot a month before the U.S. election" if Saakashvili decided to "ratchet up tensions with Russia" as a political maneuver. Though he wrote that he was passing on Kornblum's memo "without comment," it is clear that Blumenthal thought the ideas should be taken seriously.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 requires registration with the Department of Justice on the part of anyone attempting to influence the U.S. government on behalf of a foreign power, which can include not just government agencies, but entities acting in the interests of foreign governments. Gawker interviewed four lawyers deeply involved in FARA matters, and all agreed that Blumenthal is covered by FARA and is in violation of its requirements. There are serious penalties involved, but with everything involving the Clintons, you can’t count on the law being enforced against them:
Gawker attempted to reach Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon to ask whether the department intended to launch an investigation into Blumenthal and Kornblum's failure to register. The maximum penalty for willfully violating FARA is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Fallon did not return repeated phone calls or emails. On April 1, he will leave the Justice Department to join Clinton's presidential campaign as press secretary.
That is an obvious conflict of interest and should require recusal and appointment of a special prosecutor.
But we are discussing Hillary’s henchman. Laws are for the little people.
Most interesting to me is the involvement of a Soros-funded entity, ProPublica. The left has turned against Hillary. So maybe there is some prospect of pressure being brought if Hillary persists in her candidacy.
Would Sid (Vicious) Blumenthal turn on Hillary and turn state’s evidence to avoid ten years in the slammer? (In the highly unlikely event that the DoJ seriously went after him.) Probably not.
But who knows what other e-mails Guccifer has in its possession?