State Department: Clinton not dodging Benghazi hearings
Secretary Clinton speaks during a news conference during her visit to Northern Ireland on December 7, 2012 just before returning to the United States later that day.
December 18th, 2012
02:39 PM ET

State Department: Clinton not dodging Benghazi hearings

By Adam Levine

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "on the mend" and working from home, the State Department’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Clinton had been recovering from a bout of stomach flu last week when she fainted and ended up with a concussion. Clinton informed the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees this weekend that she would be unable to testify at upcoming hearings about the deadly events in Benghazi, Libya, at the advice of her doctors. In her place, deputies Thomas Nides and Bill Burns will testify on Thursday.

Clinton was finishing her cover letter to Congress to accompany the independent Benghazi review that was just completed, as she recuperates at home from her concussion injury and stomach virus, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

The classified version of the independent review is being sent to Congress Tuesday afternoon, and an unclassified version could be released for public consumption as early as Wednesday, the same day that former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who led the review, brief congressional committees about their findings.

Nuland said that it was "completely untrue" that Clinton was using her illness to avoid testifying this week about Benghazi, allegations made in the New York Post opinion page and on Fox News by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

"She's going to be absolutely fine. She is working at home," Nuland said. "She's been on the phone and in e-mail contact with senior staff. She's been working on other issues - Syria, the DPRK [North Korea] today. These are people that don't know what they are talking about."

In a statement from Clinton's doctors released over the weekend, Clinton was told to "rest and avoid any strenuous activity." The doctors said the "strongly advised her to cancel all work events for the coming week."

Typically, a concussion will lead to doctors’ ordering “brain rest,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent.

"You almost want to give the brain rest as well. Doctors will literally say don't read anything, don't watch television, don't get on a computer. You really want to put the brain to rest for a while to allow the brain to recover from a concussion," Gupta said. "The best way to get recovery, full recovery, from a concussion is to really not do anything."

Gupta said the fact Clinton is at home, and not the in the hospital, suggests the nature of the injury may not be too severe.

"I think they obviously would have a low threshold for having her in the hospital. In this case, she's not. So I think the antenna is lowered here," Gupta explained over the weekend.

Gupta, a neurosurgeon, guessed that recovery would take about a week, though he was not privy to her specific case.

"What you want to do is you slowly reintroduce activity, you know, allow someone to start reading, maybe engaging in some exercise, and seeing if any of those symptoms come back. If they come back, then, you're sort of back on rest again. So, it can be back and forth for a little bit. My guess is a week. That's typical with a mild concussion," he said.

Nuland said Tuesday that Clinton’s doctors “and all the people close to her are trying to encourage her to take the time she needs to be well.”

In a letter to the Senate and House foreign affairs committees, Clinton said she "looks forward to continuing to engage them in January, and she will be open to whatever they consider appropriate in that regard," Nuland said earlier this week.

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  6. Golph

    The lie gets bigger and bigger.....blod clot my ass.

    January 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  7. phantomvibrations

    I think she has had a nervous breakddown that they are covering up.

    December 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  8. phantomvibrations

    Personally i think Hillary has bad a nervous breakdown that they are covering up. the flu and falling and the concussion and dropping from sight for a week–something dosent right right. also the stress from bin ghazi. theres more to it then what they are saying. cant be sure–thats my opinion

    December 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  9. Bea

    John Bolton was one of the worst UN ambassadors we ever had in the nation. He's now a regular fixture on FOX (that says a lot right there). His comments on Hillary's illness are disgraceful and unbecoming coming from a former UN ambassador.

    December 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • sinistar99

      Bolton is unbecomming a human being.

      January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  10. FED UP!


    December 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • stop the maddness

      They did not care about 25 years of Rev. Wright, black panthers, suppressing or intimidating voters, fast and furious. Who does not have a copy of their birth certificates.Candy Crawley The debates The media Watch your second amendment RIGHTS THE JOKE OF THE YEAR / TIME MAGAZINE do the lies ever stop?IT IS TIME FOR SOMEBODY TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH. IMPEACHMENT

      December 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @stop your madness,get over it idiot,impeach who..Better hang your expresident Bush for screwing up this country and starting senseless,needless wars the way he did or did yah forget!!Boy where the hell did you come from and boy check out your meds lately ,yah better!!And look up republicans and Nathan Sproul big boy and see how republicans gerrymandered and supressed votes until caught in many minority led cities,forgot those,I didn't!!

        August 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Wait a minute! George W. wasn't a democrat! Talk about a liar and murderer!!!
      What about keeping the "financial meltdown" a secret until after inauguration day! Surely "they" knew what was coming!
      And Dick Cheney's love of the environment (true, no oil wells ever killed walruses in the Gulf!).

      December 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  11. Patrick

    I see that Hilary Clinton managed to disgrace this country by representing it! Anyone who condones and defends the use of those ungodly drones can't be all good!!!!!!

    December 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  12. Jarad

    This administration can't do anything wrong in this main stream liberal media. Never held accountable, asked the tough questions? They bow at Obama's feet like he is some kind of massiah, the anointed one. At the end of his second term we will be over 20 trillion in hole and they will still love him for it. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    December 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  13. Ariadne

    Obama is Time Mag's 'Person of the Year' - and he should get another Nobel Prize too, no? Christ above us, lap dog media: you're supposed to be watch dogs.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  14. Chris Honry

    WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP! BOTH CLINTON's are pathological LIARS. We're just supposed to believe what they say. She doesn't want to face the music so she fakes an illness. How childish.

    December 19, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  15. wordnew

    So sorry, I can't testify, I got a ummmm errrr oh yeah.. it's a whatchamacallit ummm a concussion. That's it, that's the ticket. I'll send my minions in my stead. Okie dokie.. Bye now, gotta rest.

    December 19, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • Grandma of Four

      Oh my gosh! I have not heard "that's the ticket" since my dear grandmother passed in 1991!

      And, I agree with you 100%!

      December 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply



    December 19, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • Pascals Wager

      They have been spewing the line
      "its for the people!" For years! While demonizing republicans for not caring....
      Down with both parties!

      December 19, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply


    December 19, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  18. Pascals Wager

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    Disgus's not workin!

    December 19, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • Pascals Wager

      Brain rest?

      This is BULL. Liberals will eat it up.
      A democrat puts themselves before others again....
      Hypocrite. A working class citizen could NOT get away with something like this. Imagine....
      "Sorry guys. Can make the meeting. I was hun... had a stomach flu and got dehydrated. Then I bumped my noggin. I know it was a week ago. But I swear my doctor said I should REST ma brain. So Ill get back to you on...
      Look at that! Christmass! Ill see you goys in January!"

      December 19, 2012 at 10:07 am | Reply
      • Pascals Wager

        (Miss disgus)

        December 19, 2012 at 10:08 am |
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