DC Examiner Congressional investigators with the House Select Committee on Benghazi uncovered a series of emails between Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal that were withheld by either the State Department or Clinton herself.
Republican staff found a number of Libya-related communications that were not included in the records previously submitted to the committee by State, Politico reported Monday evening.
Blumenthal had given Congress the emails in response to a subpoena.
The divisive former aide is set to appear before the committee Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. to deliver his deposition in the Benghazi probe that brought Clinton’s use of a private email to light in March.
His testimony will take place behind closed doors.
But GOP members of the committee are reportedly pushing to release the emails as early as Tuesday, although under congressional rules, they may need Democrats to sign off on the release, according to the Politico report.
The committee will ask Blumenthal why and how he prepared detailed intelligence memos for Clinton about developments in Libya despite having been barred from joining her State Department staff by Obama aides in 2009.
A Clinton insider since former President Bill Clinton hired him in 1997, Blumenthal’s relationship to Hillary Clinton sparked controversy after the New York Times reported that he had given the presidential candidate dozens of informal intelligence updates about Libya in the run-up to a terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Clinton forwarded most of the memos to her top State Department staff, often masking the identity of their author.
A spokesperson for the select committee did not immediately return a request for comment.