Yes, Clinton team did start it, although now they deny it. And not just any staffer, not the low level schmuck they tried to blame, the right hand of Hillary Clinton, the man who still advises her.
Via Daily Caller:
Hillary Clinton surrogate Sid Blumenthal personally pitched a reporter on the Obama “birther” story when she was campaigning for president in 2008, former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher said Thursday.
The Clinton campaign and the media rushed to refute Donald Trump’s claim Clinton started the birther movement Friday, after Trump said publicly for the first time he believes President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. But McClatchy refuted that on Twitter Friday, tweeting directly at Clinton to ask whether she remembers Blumenthal pitching the story back in 2008.