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    Was Clinton attack dog Sidney Blumenthal involved in launch of Russia collusion inves

    Was Clinton attack dog Sidney Blumenthal involved in launch of Russia collusion investigation?

    By Steve Kurtz | Fox News
    3 hours ago

    A name long associated with the Clinton machine has surfaced as a behind-the-scenes figure in the Trump-Russia collusion story, prompting some to speculate that the investigation began at least partly as a dirty tricks operation.

    Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton loyalist from the days of Bill Clinton’s presidency up through Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns, was identified by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as a source of anti-Trump information passed to the FBI through the State Department. The information is believed to have played a role in the FBI’s launching of the collusion probe that is now in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    Blumenthal has long been known as an attack dog for the Clintons, so ferocious a defender that he earned the nickname “Sid Vicious.” As Dick Morris, former adviser to the Clintons (although he has since become a critic) puts it, “If [Bill Clinton] is caught shoplifting for the tenth time, Hillary would have Sidney blame the store’s cameras.”

    Former Clinton advisers Dick Morris and Philippe Reines react on 'The Ingraham Angle' after Rep. Trey Gowdy suggests Sidney Blumenthal may have leaked information to the dossier author.

    Blumenthal started out as a journalist, writing for the “New Republic,” the “Washington Post” and “The New Yorker,” before joining the Clinton White House in 1997. He was soon embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, called to testify before a grand jury by independent counsel Ken Starr, though he refused to answer questions about confidential White House conversations on the matter.

    At the time, journalist Christopher Hitchens submitted an affidavit that Blumenthal had described Monica Lewinsky as a stalker, though Blumenthal denied this.

    When Bill Clinton left office, Blumenthal returned to journalism and gained a reputation as being pro-Clinton—so pro-Clinton, in fact, that some fellow journalists felt it was unseemly.

    He worked as an adviser in the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and allegedly spread anti-Barack Obama stories. Journalist James Asher stated Blumenthal told him to investigate if President Obama was born in Kenya, though Blumenthal denies this.

    Whatever happened, the Obama administration was apparently so angry at Blumenthal that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel blocked him from working on Hillary Clinton’s staff when she was named secretary of state, claiming his presence was too divisive, even poisonous.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is shining a light on intelligence memos passed on to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Sidney Blumenthal. Why didn't Blumenthal register as a foreign agent?

    Instead, Blumenthal went to work at the Clinton Foundation, and kept in touch with Hillary. He sent her policy advice, including a reported 25 emails about Libya in 2011 and 2012. A few years later, Republicans on the Benghazi committee asked Hillary about the Blumenthal connection. In a leaked email, John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign boss, believed Blumenthal to be “lost in his own web of conspiracies.”

    Around this time, Hillary defended her connection with Blumenthal, stating “I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are….He sent me unsolicited emails, which I passed on in some instances, and that’s just part of the give-and-take.”

    And now it appears Blumenthal was likely there, behind the scenes, helping to spread information tying the Trump campaign to Russia. It would appear to fit his MO—as Dick Morris claims, “Sidney Blumenthal is Hillary’s go-to guy for off-the-shelf dirty ops.”

    The question now is will the Russia story continue to bedevil Trump, or will it be turned around on his accusers?

    Additional reporting by Kristine Kotta
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    I wanted to point out something, this investigation was never a criminal investigation which is why Rob Rosenstein's ignoramus appointment of a Special Counsel was so wrong and Jeff Sessions recusal so stupid. This was a "counter-intelligence" investigation. What is the difference? Big huge difference. Criminal investigations investigate crimes. There is no crime to investigate. A counter-intelligence investigation is a ruse to investigate foreign spies, not for crimes, but for information.

    It's how the KGB knew what we were doing and back when in the ole days when the CIA knew what was the KGB was doing. I guess the current spy organization in Russia is now called the FSB or something like that. It's spies spying on spies. Our FBI isn't a very good bunch of "spies". The FBI shouldn't have even been involved in a counter-intelligence operation, the CIA should have been doing this and doing it over there ... in London, chasing down Steele, following his links or whatever in Russia, this should be the normal day to day operations of our CIA, as common as checking their mail every day.

    What the Obama Administration has done is create a phony "counter-intelligence" operation in the FBI not to spy on foreign spies, the CIA does that, but to spy on US citizens they view as potential political opponents in the United States. This is a crime. This requires a criminal investigation.

    The Russia collusion scheme was a Hoax invented by the Obama Administration including the FBI, the DOJ, CIA (Brennan) and Clapper (DNI).
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