Representative Elijah Cummings (Credit: public domain)
On October 7, 2015, Representative Trey Gowdy (R), the chair of the House Benghazi Committee, releases an excerpt of a Clinton email that he claims shows Clinton mentioned the identity of a top Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) intelligence source in Libya. The March 18, 2011, email between Clinton and Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal states, “Tyler spoke to a colleague currently at CIA, who told him the agency had been dependent for intelligence from [redacted due to sources and methods].” “Tyler” is Tyler Drumheller, a CIA operative until 2005.
Gowdy claims the redaction in that sentence is “the name of a human source.” He adds, “Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded the email to a colleague—debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address.” (Yahoo, 10/8/2015) (House Benghazi Committee, 10/7/2015)
However, eleven days later, Newsweek reports that CIA has informed the committee that it reviewed 127 emails between Clinton and Sid Blumenthal, including that one, and none of them were deemed classified. Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee, criticizes Gowdy for making inaccurate claims: “The problem with your accusation, as with so many others during this investigation, is that you failed to check your facts before you made it, and the CIA has now informed the [Benghazi] Committee that you were wrong.” (Newsweek, 10/18/2015)
It does not appear the committee has released more text of the email in question since.