Sidney Blumenthal is the consummate Clinton hatchet man, dating back to the 1990s.

I summarized some of this background in a May 2015 post relating to Sidney and his insanely-anti-Israel son Max, Hillary has a Blumenthal Problem.

It’s not a big surprise that Sidney is being tied to the Russian-conspiracy campaign against Trump, because that hysteria increasingly appears to be a Clinton operation.

We now know that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the Steele Dossier.

We also recently found out that there was a second dossier prepared by Clinton operative Cody Shearer, and an additional Steele dossier that included information from the State Department.

As Judicial Watch observed, Sidney Blumenthal could not be far behind:

Shearer in fact has long been linked to the sleaziest aspects of the Clinton operation, mainly through his close relationship with Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal. Longtime observers of the Clinton ecosystem know that when Cody appears, Sid Blumenthal is not far behind. A ceaseless schemer, Blumenthal was so offensive to the Obama White House that he was banned from an official role at Mrs. Clinton’s State Department. But that barely slowed him down. As documented by Judicial Watch and others, Blumenthal was a constant presence by Mrs. Clinton’s side during her State Department years.

Now more information is coming out suggesting Blumenthal direct involvement with Steele.

The Daily Caller reported on comments by Rep. Jim Jordan:

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan accused key Clinton allies of helping craft a second anti-Trump dossier and accused them of “rigging the game,” Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”

Jordan was asked about a possible second dossier and said Clinton operatives Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer had paid Christopher Steele to do opposition research, but then told Steele which specific details to include.

“The names we keep hearing are Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer — people who have been around the Clintons as being a part of this. But I also think it’s kind of interesting because what it looks like is, they paid Steele to put together the dossier and told him what to put in,” Jordan said. “Talk about rigging the game and putting together a document that will serve your purposes as an opposition research document.”

The State Department angle is key to further disclosures according to Devin Nunes:

“Phase one of our investigation was getting to the FISA abuse. What we’re looking at now is the State Department and some of the irregularities there,” Nunes said Monday, noting that the committee has “several other areas” to probe. He first mentioned the next “phase” of the investigation Friday on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

Trey Gowdy was interviewed on Fox News tonight by Martha MacCallum:

During an interview on Fox News, Gowdy was asked by Fox News’ Martha MacCallum about whether “weeks before the election, somebody in the Obama State Department was feeding information from a foreign source to Christopher Steele.” MacCallum had previously asked a question on whether Gowdy knew anything about “a source who gave an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton who then gave information to an unnamed official in the Obama state department who then gave the information to Steele.”

“When you hear who the source, one of the sources of that information is, you’re going to think, oh, my gosh, I’ve heard that name somewhere before. Where could it possibly have been,” Gowdy replied.

When asked whether it was a foreign source, the South Carolina Republican said it was domestic.

“I’m trying to think of how Secretary Clinton defined him. I think she said he was an old friend who emailed her from time to time,” Gowdy said.

The last sentence in the segment makes it pretty clear that Gowdy is acknowledging Blumenthal’s involvement:

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., strongly implied to Fox News Tuesday night that Clinton family confidant Sidney Blumenthal was a key link in a chain of information that helped create the controversial Trump-Russia dossier.

Gowdy told Fox News’ “The Story” that “when you hear who … one of the sources of that information is, you’re going to think, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve heard that name somewhere before.'”

When host Martha MacCallum asked if he was referring to Blumenthal, Gowdy answered, “That’d be really warm. You’re warm, yeah.”

[Original video here.]