Emails Show Hillary Aide Sid Blumenthal Created Obama “Birther” Conspiracy

From Zero Hedge:

Following last week’s clarification from Trump that President Obama is American-born, the mainstream media has worked hard to dispel his claims that Hillary’s team in fact started the “birther” issue. Just this morning, Hillary exclaimed that she was “appalled” that Trump had not apologized to Obama, which is ironic as McClatchy has just clarified the details on emails that show Hillary Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal did share “birther” story tips.

Via’s David Goldstein,

It’s still one person’s word against another. While emails show that Hillary Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal did share story tips about Barack Obama with McClatchy’s former bureau chief James Asher, the emails aren’t conclusive that Blumenthal was the source of the “birther” tip.

Asher says he recalls the conversation clearly, and a former McClatchy reporter recalls being asked to check out the birther rumors. Blumenthal denies it all.

The issue came to light Friday when Donald Trump accused Clinton of starting the “birther” conspiracy story, which alleged Obama was born in Kenya, when the two were competing for the 2008 Democratic nomination. The Clinton campaign has denied any role in the birther conspiracy. The campaign did fire one aide who talked about the issue in an email. Several fact checks have debunked Clinton’s involvement.

Trump championed the birther issue for years. Only last Friday did he acknowledge that Obama was born in the United States.

Asher said Friday and repeated on Monday that Blumenthal did spread the story to him, and that he assigned a reporter to check it out. Blumenthal, who did not have a formal role in the campaign in 2008, denies Asher’s account.

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