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Clinton confidant testifies before House Benghazi panel

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of a House panel looking into the attacks in Benghazi, Libya three years ago says his committee should have received emails between Hillary Rodham Clinton and a Clinton confidant a long time ago.

The confidant, Sidney Blumenthal, testified in a closed session before the panel today about frequent emails on Libya he had sent to Clinton when she was secretary of state.

Blumenthal worked in the White House under President Bill Clinton. He's a longtime friend and adviser to the Clinton family.

The committee announced last night that it had received about 60 new emails totaling 120 pages from Blumenthal -- emails between him and Clinton. They weren't previously given to the committee or made public.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who heads the panel, says "the committee should have gotten this information sooner." He offered no opinion on whether the blame lies with Clinton or with the State Department.

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