Hillary Clinton took questions from the media in Iowa on Tuesday for the first time in four weeks. When asked about her relationship with longtime Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal, who was personally advising the State Department while he was employed by the Clinton Foundation and perusing business interests in Libya, the former secretary of state told reporters: “I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are.” Talking regularly with Blumenthal, she argued, was a way for her to escape the “bubble” of insider politics.
In additional to Blumenthal, here are a few of the “old friends” Hillary may be keeping in touch with.
ABC News policy required that George Stephanopolous disclose his contributions to the Clinton Foundation to management before covering stories related to it, according to an ABC spokesman who responded to a Washington Free Beacon inquiry.
Stephanopolous issued an on-air apology on Friday’s Good Morning America after it was discovered by the Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles that he had covered news directly related to the Clinton Foundation without disclosing that he contributed $75,000 to it.
The ABC News spokesperson who rebuffed the Free Beacon’s request for comment on George Stephanopoulos’s undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation also worked in the Clinton administration.
Heather Riley, spokeswoman for ABC News programs Good Morning America and This Week, worked in the White House press office from 1997 to 2000, according to her LinkedIn profile, and is a member of the Facebook group “(Bill) Clinton Administration Alumni.” White House records show that Riley’s duties included serving as a press contact for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.