Clinton Accused Of Faking Illness To Avoid Benghazi Testimony

Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:20 PM - 11 Comments

boltonThe State Department slammed former United Nations envoy John Bolton over his suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falsely claimed a concussion to avoid a potentially embarrassing appearance before Congress to explain the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

In an appearance on Fox News, Bolton said that Clinton’s claim that she had fainted because of the flu, hitting her head and suffering a concussion, was what foreign service officers call a “diplomatic illness,” intended to free a diplomat from an unpleasant duty. Clinton was supposed to appear before congressional foreign affairs committees on Thursday to respond to questions about whether security failures opened the way for the Sept. 11 attack.

“This is a diplomatic illness to beat the band,” said Bolton, who served during the George W. Bush administration. “I mean, I hope it’s nothing serious. But this was revealed in a way that I think was not transparent and I think there is an obligation here.”

Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, insisted to reporters Tuesday that suggestions Clinton faked her illness are “completely untrue.”

She said that Bolton and others who have questioned the concussion “are people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”

“It’s unfortunate that in times like this people make wild speculation based on no information,” she said.

Clinton’s withdrawal from the hearing has prompted speculation that she is trying to finish her term as chief diplomat without suffering any criticism for the attack. Clinton has said she does not intend to serve in President Obama’s second term.

The secretary, considered a top Democratic presidential contender in 2016, declined to appear on Sunday talk shows five days after the attack, which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans. Instead, the job went to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

Republicans have attacked Rice’s comments on those shows, saying that she was trying to avoid political fallout by saying that the attack was a “spontaneous” crowd reaction rather than a calculated terrorist attack.

The announcement that Clinton will not testify has been received skeptically by conservative bloggers and commentators. Fox News described the injury as a “purported concussion.”

Clinton said Monday in a letter to the committee that she would respond to the committee’s questions in January.


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11 Responses to “Clinton Accused Of Faking Illness To Avoid Benghazi Testimony”

1. Comment from Oldtimer
Time December 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Somehow I would feel more confident in this accusation if it weren’t coming from John Bolton. He’s not exactly a member of her fan club. More like a sore loser, maybe.

2. Comment from sol
Time December 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

she will make a run in 2016 stupis americans will forget

3. Comment from Rabeini HaKudesh V’Hatuhor
Time December 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Probably Hillary wouldn’t make her medical records available to the public for they cantain a lot of psych meds!

4. Comment from amerikaner
Time December 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

he’s telling the truth !!!!

5. Comment from Jo’ann
Time December 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM

The Clintons are sich liers. They never say the truth. Hillary lied about Whitewater and the left wing media covered up for her. Of course this is a scandel. Hillary never banged her head. This is elementry school fary tales.

6. Comment from Anonymous
Time December 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Why are you such fools? Haven’t listened to Rush in long time, but I’m sure he’s saying stupid stuff like this and our community falls for it hook, line and sinker. Our conservative cause is harmed by the stupidities that some conservatives make into issues, such as this one. i.e. the issue of Obama’s country of birth, saying. that the world’s climate isn’t changing, etc. Not every non conservative is a great villain that has to be suspected of every evil in the world. Stick to the important issues like Israel and the economy and leave these dumb, baseless personal attacks alone!

7. Comment from RAM
Time December 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

In her normal condition she’s a liar. Here testimony would be nonsense anyway.

8. Comment from Anonymous
Time December 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Do you remeber when she had bullets flying at her when she came off the plane in Africa?

9. Comment from Oldtimer
Time December 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

#6 - you’re a voice of common sense, but try to find anyone to listen to you! It’s more fun to repeat “shocking” stuff like this than to find out if it’s true. That’s why Mr. Limbaugh has such a big fan club.

10. Comment from reality check
Time December 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Um, just one question, if I may.

If Ms. Clinton suffered a concussion, why didn’t she go to the hospital? We only have her word for it, which does not amount to very much when it comes to the Clintons.

To #6 and #9, this time the speculation is understandable. One must admit that the timing of her concussion - real or not - was very convenient. And while we’re on the subject, doubting Obama’s place of birth is not so wild either, considering that he himself did nothing to protest at least 1 source that said he was born in Kenya.

As for climate-change, there is a whole slew of scientists who have debunked the entire global warming hysteria movement.

11. Comment from philc
Time January 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Time for the fools to apologize to Hillary Clinton

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