(CNSNews.com) - At least one liberal journalist admitted he was troubled to learn that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent "a good deal of time doing gossip emails" with her friend and unofficial adviser Sidney Blumenthal.
"Why she places such great stock over so much time in these exchanges with Blumenthal is mystifying to me--and frankly troublesome," Brent Budowsky wrote in a January 2016 email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. "This whole subject, to use vernacular, gives me the creeps. Secretaries of state, presidential candidates and presidents should not be spending their time on this kind of minor league stuff."
Budowski -- a writer and blogger for "The Hill" and "The Huffington Post" among other outlets -- was reacting to one of the many Clinton-Blumenthal email exchanges released by the State Department this past January.
Included in that January release was a July 2010 email in which Blumenthal forwarded to Clinton an article from the Financial Times quoting an Obama adviser who asked to remain anonymous. Blumenthal told Clinton, "I'd venture that the adviser quoted is either Tom Daschle or John Podesta."
"Why do you think it might be Daschle? Or Podesta?" Secretary Clinton wrote back to Blumenthal.
"Because...the reporter told me they were sources of his for an earlier story in which they made critical blind comments," Blumenthal wrote back.
When the State Department released that email, among many others, Budowski wrote the following to Podesta on January 1, 2016:
John, assume I wrote a thousand words about this. It is disquieting that when HRC was secretary of state she spent a good time of time doing gossip emails with Sid Blumenthal about various matters, the ubiquitous Lanny Davis shilling for himself in pathetic ways, and Neera Tanden gossiping about what Soros thinks of Obama. At least Tanden I regard as a serious person. Sid and Lanny I do not by standards of a secretary of state or potential president.
I was not in touch with you at the time of the healthcare debate, but what Sid suggests does not strike me as your style. I was in very regular and close touch with Daschle at the time, and he would never have said to the press what Sid suggests, and since I am in the press I know those were not his views. I guarantee that based on direct personal knowledge of Tom's views and actions at the time(,) Blumenthal did not have the slightest idea of what he was talking about in his girlie gossip with the secretary of state about this. Why she places such great stock over so much time in these exchanges with Blumenthal is mystifying to me--and frankly troublesome.
This whole subject, to use vernacular, gives me the creeps. Secretaries of state, presidential candidates and presidents should not be spending their time on this kind of minor league stuff.
Podesta responded to Budowsky: "Sid is lost in his own web of conspiracies. I pay zero attention to what he says."
Blumenthal sent at least 810 emails to Clinton while she was secretary of state, offering articles, information, advice and his opinion.