Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Clinton Foundation staffer Sid Blumenthal subpoenaed by House Benghazi committee
Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal’s wife on Tuesday.
The copy of the subpoena contains no further details about the subject matter of the deposition.
“I can confirm Mr. Blumenthal has been called for a deposition by the committee,” Jamal Ware, a spokesman for Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, said.
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings accused Republicans of grandstanding.
"There was no need for the Select Committee to send two U.S. Marshals to the home of Sidney Blumenthal to serve his wife with a subpoena, especially since the Committee never bothered to contact him first to ask him whether he would voluntarily come in.
"These heavy-handed, aggressive, and unnecessary tactics waste the time of the U.S. Marshal service," Cummings said.
Hillary Clinton nor her campaign have responded to this latest development.