During Sunday's presidential debate, Donald Trump mentioned longtime Clinton loyalist Sidney Blumenthal -- not once, but twice.
In doing this, Trump was trying to expose Hillary Clinton's advisors, and connect her to the so-called "birther movement."
Trump has previously charged that Blumenthal was responsible for spreading the lie that President Obama was born in Africa by helping circulate a picture of Obama in traditional Somali garb in 2008. At the time, Obama's campaign accused Clinton's team of dirty tricks -- something her campaign denied.
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In September, former McClatchy editor James Asher tweeted that Blumenthal "told me in person" that Obama was born in Kenya and said that Blumenthal convinced him to send a reporter to Kenya to investigate, but the trip produced no evidence.
Blumenthal responded, saying the story is false.Who is Blumenthal?Blumenthal is a journalist and was also a White House aide from 1997 to 2001 under Bill Clinton. After he left office, Blumenthal stayed close to the Clintons and still continued sending advice to Hillary, even during her term as Secretary of State.
He advised her on a host of issues, including on Libya and the memos related to the attack of September 11, 2012, when Islamist militants killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
During the debate, Trump tried to point out that her continued communications with Blumenthal were a mistake.
Trump charged that Clinton ignored 600 requests for increased security from Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, and communicated only with Sidney Blumenthal.
Clinton did communicate with Blumenthal about Libya, but there's no evidence that Stevens' request ever went to Hillary Clinton herself while she was Secretary of State.