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Hillary faints; unable to testify on Benghazi

By Matthew Lee

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sustained a concussion last week after becoming extremely dehydrated and fainting while suffering from a stomach virus, the State Department said.

The 65-year-old Clinton is recovering at home and has been advised by her doctors to continue to rest and avoid strenuous activity and cancel all work events for the next week. She had been scheduled to testify before a pair of congressional panels looking into the Sept. 11 attack against a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said Saturday that Clinton was suffering from a stomach virus and fainted after becoming extremely dehydrated.

Clinton was diagnosed with a concussion Thursday after fainting at home earlier this week, according to a State Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Clinton's injury publicly. The doctors did not determine it to be a "severe" concussion, the official said.

Clinton, who is expected to leave her job soon, skipped an overseas trip this past week because of the stomach virus, the State Department said Saturday.

President Barack Obama telephoned his top diplomat Saturday to wish her well, a White House official said.

The State Department said in a statement that Clinton will continue to work from home in the week ahead and looks forward to returning to the office "soon," the statement said.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee said it won't hear from Clinton as planned at a Thursday hearing into the attack at the outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. The House Foreign Affairs Committee also said Clinton would no longer give scheduled testimony at its hearing Thursday on Libya.

Senior State Department officials William Burns and Thomas Nides are to take Clinton's place at both hearings.

Clinton's aides on Saturday informed the Senate committee chairman, Sen. John Kerry, about her health, and the Massachusetts Democrat "insisted that given her condition, she could not and should not appear" as planned, said Kerry spokeswoman Jodi Seth. Obama is expected to nominate Kerry to succeed Clinton.

Clinton backed out of a trip to North Africa and the Persian Gulf on Monday because she was sick. She caught the virus during a recent visit to Europe.

The former first lady is known for her grueling travel schedule and is the most traveled secretary of state, having visited 112 countries while in the job.

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Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report.

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  1. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    December 17, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    How convenient! She won’t be able to testify. Well, at least it saves her from lying under oath again.

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    • MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
      December 17, 2012 @ 9:21 am

      I concur 100%, more duck and hide by the Obama administration!

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      December 17, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      . . . the way you can tell when she’s lying: Her lips are moving!
      Believe her concussion story (conveniently happening at home where there would be no witnesses) and I’ll tell you another whopper!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      December 17, 2012 @ 11:38 am

      She wants to run for POTUS in 2016. She has to avoid being connected with the Benghazi massacre at all costs. Even if she has to fake an illness.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      December 17, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      Isn’t it though? What an unexpected coincidence! And at such a convenient time. Will wonders never cease? Another Obama miracle just in time.

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  2. stshepherdComment by stshepherd
    December 17, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Maybe the virus was part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” her paranoid and warped mind envisioned when her “husband” was running for President. I wonder if she will use that phrase when the vast left-wing coalition in America elects her as the first female President (following the first “African American” er African President) in our joyous celebration of diversity, which supercedes our form of government and constitution- didn’t you know?

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      December 17, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

      Let us not to forget her “vision” of being shot at in Bulgaria (?) as she was boarding her plane and no one else had any recollection of it.

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  3. jeronimodanComment by jeronimodan
    December 17, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    This old gal has been riding coats in politics for the pass forty years and in all that time no one has every caught her in the act of telling the truth. The truth is just not in any of the Clinton’s, the whole bunch of them have fed at the government trough since Arkansas and the liberals just eat it up.

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  5. Allen SComment by Allen S
    December 17, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Why bother having her testify anyway; she will only lie like the rest of the left. Holder and all the rest have gotten by with every crimnal act against our Nation and will continue to do so because everyone in power in WDC is so enamored by -0 or afraid of what he might do.
    We need to be prepared with the armor of God since He is our only deliverance from the evil that has taken over this country.

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  6. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    December 17, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    When has a ‘mild concussion’ ever been enough to keep a person from ‘talking’? Do doctors consider that a ‘strenuous activity?

    When this Thursday opportunity passes with no answers from Clinton, I bet another opportunity never materializes.

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  7. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Well, hellooooooooo, anyone here surprised that the former first witch found herself a handy dandy excuse to get out of testifying?

    Probably conked herself on the head!

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      December 17, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

      …wouldn’t have to “conk herself on the head” – just get her ‘personal’ physician to confirm the story!

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  8. FrogmanComment by Frogman
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    The Clintons are habitual liars.
    Does anyone believe we’d get the truth out of her anyway?
    She probably needed more time to polish her story up. And just think who’s going to be replacing her a lying, treasonous, weasel.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      December 17, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

      Dimbocraps are habitual liars bar only a few. What she has we used to call the “back-door trots.”

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  9. woodComment by wood
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Convenient that Hillary Clinton sustained a concussion and does not go the the hospital.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      December 17, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      She has that ‘Cadillac’ care that the rest of us won’t ever know much less see in our lifetimes. Doctors come to you when you’re someone of purpose (read Dem/Lib party line puller). Bet Nancy, Reid, Bohner and all the rest of the gang get the same special treatment.

      ….kinda makes ya wonder if we are going to be made to swallow a lesser medical care system in order for the elite to have their doctor visits at home? Talk about class warfare!

      *sarcasm on*…this message approved and brought to you by Liberal Elites.Gee, aren’t we all so lucky? *roll eyes*

      ~M

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  10. Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    You know, a lot of people faint from dehydration as well as other symptoms. I can’t help but wonder why she fainted several days ago but can’t go testify now. Something is sure fishy about this.

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    • wallybluComment by wallyblu
      December 17, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      How about the first day she steps out of that house, someone is there with a warrant and takes her into custody like they would any average citizen who refused to testify and keeps her lockled up until she does?

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  11. copakemanComment by copakeman
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    bill never used that excuse. does these mean hil NEVER has to testify on benghazi ? hil and all the others in this admin involved in bengahazi security are mu****ers.

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  12. trashmanComment by trashman
    December 17, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Obviously Bush’s fault!

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  13. librabobComment by librabob
    December 17, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    You would have to be the dumbest person in the world to buy that excuse. Actually, her absence from these hearings, as well as her absence from the Sunday talk shows that Susan Rice appeared on after the 9/11 attack, speaks volumes as to the Administration’s Benghazi cover-up. Hard to believe there are people out there that would want this lady to be our next president.

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  14. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    December 17, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Ole Hill probably was hyper ventilating from the fear of testimony or had just had a romp with a boy toy and passed out. Or just faked it. Another “What is “is”", moment.

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      December 17, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

      …or maybe a girl toy!

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  15. barfaulknerComment by barfaulkner
    December 17, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Why wouldn’t the hearing be rescheduled? Let’s just postpone the meeting and go at after Christmas. This seems like a no brainer to me. She is the only one that can testify to the facts we Americans need to hear. Where is our Congress on this? RESCHEDULE… it’s a no brainer.

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      December 18, 2012 @ 7:14 am

      John Kerry is the chairman and he’s not about to jeopardize his appointment to S of S by forcing her to testify!

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  16. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    December 17, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    At least she didn’t hurt anything she actually uses.

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  17. gnafuComment by gnafu
    December 17, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    I nearly fainted when I heard that our four Americans were allowed to be murdered. When the CIC watched in situation room, wouldn’t allow help for the American men, went to bed, burped into a microphone that video did it! video did it! “We are so sorry Muslims for the video. We will catch the person who has offended you and make sure the culprit is punished…” The video did it was repeated for two weeks and the Media fell for it! But, not the American People! We knew there was something strange about the entire charade and heinious crimes of the Muslims. Ms. Clinton knew it too. She stood bare faced and looked into the camera and said the same as Obama! Now, she has not been able to testify on two separate occasions. 1) Had business elsewhere. 2) stomach virus, fainting and concussion – ordered to rest. The investigation must continue through Christmas. Apparently the investigating team doesn’t know the meaning of Christmas so why let that bother them. The parents and loved ones of the four murdered Americans sure would have some kind of answer to why their children were allowed to be murdered and maybe have some closure! Since the men can’t speak for thmeselves, we need real testimony and not some dog and pony show! I don’t care who slept with whom or if Susan Rice was repeating only what she was told. That’s all part of the distractions. Ms. Clinton knows and the president knows exactly what happened and why. Let’s cut to the chase and get this settled once and for all.

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  18. larrycivicComment by larrycivic
    December 17, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    What’s the big deal here? Give her a couple of weeks, supeona her butt and bring her back in for a little ” reality” chat.

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  19. e66lithComment by e66lith
    December 18, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    whitewater. Cattle futures. Troopergate. The Miracle of the Billing Records. Sniper fire in Bosnia. Being named after Sir Edmund Hillary, pre-Everest. “I was always a Yankees fan.” She proves women in politics can lie and cheat as well as men.

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  20. braines57Comment by braines57
    December 18, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    She had this concussion a week ago? And yet she is still confined to her bed? Football players get their “bell rung” (aka, concussion) all the time and go right back out and finish the game, but a woman who travels the globe is unable to get out of her bed for a week afterward? Does anyone really buy this stuff? What passes for “news” organizations today remind me of ROSTA or TASS – the old Communist propaganda agencies, printing and proclaiming whatever they are told by their party. Pickletosh and horsefeathers!

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