Sidney Blumenthal, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unofficial adviser, advised Clinton in 2012 to use an impending hurricane as a prop to make President Obama look good.

And in her Aug. 27 reply, Clinton said, "I passed this on to the White House. We'll see what happens."

Blumenthal, who the White House rejected as a formal State Department employee, wrote Clinton a six-page memo on Aug. 26, and summarized it in an email to Clinton a day later.

"All Obama needs to do is turn up, surrounded by commanders, on the Gulf Coast, post-hurricane, on Saturday," he wrote. "The hurricane is the counter-convention."

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