27 December 2012, 14:20

Hillary Clinton missing as GOP refuses to confirm Kerry as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton missing as GOP refuses to confirm Kerry as Secretary of State

Republican senators have refused to vote on Sen. John Kerry’s appointment as the new Secretary of State until the incumbent top foreign official, Hillary Clinton, testifies about the deadly attack on the US embassy in Benghazi.

Mrs. Clinton missed the Benghazi hearing scheduled for December 20 on Capitol Hill due to a sudden illness.

"While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," her deputy assistant secretary said in a statement on December 15.

On December 19, the Secretary of State skipped a holiday party at her own department. She was still absent on December 21 when President Obama announced Kerry’s nomination.

“Hillary wanted very much to be here today, but she continues to recuperate. I had a chance to talk to her earlier today, and she is in good spirits and could not be more excited about the announcement that I’m making,” Barack Obama said that day.

Hillary Clinton was the first high-ranking official to acknowledge terrorist involvement in the US mission assault in Libya.

In her September speech at a UN summit in New York, she said Al-Qaeda was working with “other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions underway in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi.”

The Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard

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