Donald Trump has said so many strange things about the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, it may be tempting to look past his latest tirade, assuming it's more of the same. But when it comes to the Republican candidate's rhetoric last night, don't be too quick to dismiss it out of hand.
Trump addressed a crowd in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, where he talked about Benghazi while holding a piece of paper in his hand. According to the GOP nominee, he was holding the printout of an email Sidney Blumenthal sent John Podesta -- two prominent Hillary Clinton allies -- in which, Trump said, Blumenthal "admitted they could have done something about Benghazi."
As the crowd chanted, "Lock her up!" Trump dropped the printout and said, "This just came out a little while ago."
So, what was Trump referring to? This gets a little complicated, but stick with me.Newsweek
's Kurt Eichenwald wrote a lengthy piece
about Benghazi a year ago, which acknowledged, among other things, missteps from Clinton's State Department in advance of the attack. Blumenthal emailed the article to Podesta, now Clinton's campaign chairman, whose emails were recently hacked, probably by Russian officials, and published online by Wikileaks.
Yesterday, a Russian-controlled news agency screwed up the details, and published
what it characterized as a bombshell: "Blumenthal believed that the investigation into Benghazi was legitimate because it was 'preventable' and the result of State Department negligence." Apparently, Sputnik
thought Blumenthal wrote Eichenwald's Newsweek
piece, and interpreted last year's article, which has been online for 12 months and is consistent with everything we know about Benghazi, as a new, "major revelation."Eichenwald asked