The most gripping part of the first three-and-a-half hours of Hillary Clinton's testimony to the Benghazi committee came when the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, challenged GOP committee chairman Trey Gowdy to do a very simple thing: release the entire transcript of Sidney Blumenthal's Benghazi testimony to the public.
Cummings: "I move that we put into the record the entire transcript
of Sidney Blumenthal—(if) we're going to release the emails, let's do
the transcript. That way, the world can see it!"
Gowdy: "Well, we're not going to take that up at a hearing, we'll
take up... (cross talk) Why is it that you only want Mr. Blumenthal's
Cummings: "I want all of them released." (There's 54 in total.)
It goes on... dramatically. We still don't know exactly why the
Republicans are so obsessed with Sidney Blumenthal and the fact that he
sent some emails to Sec. Clinton related to Libya. But we can expect
more Blumenthal in the second half of testimony today (because the first
three-and-a-half hours weren't enough).
Here's what Elijah Cummings said on the Blumenthal fixation shortly
after the committee broke for lunch: "I don't even understand it... this
is a friend who would send her emails... I don't even understand what
that's all about."
And MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on the first half of today's
testimony: "The simple headline at the end of the three hours is, 'If
this is all they have, they have nothing.'"
So -- GOP continues down the Blumenthal-Benghazi rabbit hole. Gowdy has already promised to return to it. And
Cummings has now put him on the defensive by challenging him to release
Blumethal's entire testimony. No word yet on why Gowdy hasn't already
done that but he sure doesn't seem eager to do it.
Today's testimony by Hillary Clinton is the greatest advertisement for her election that could ever be devised. She should thank the GOP for giving her a full day of free campaign ads!!!!