Hillary Clinton Faints, Suffers Concussion
She's recovering at home, will miss Benghazi hearings
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2012 11:36 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton fainted earlier this week and suffered a concussion, reports the AP and Politico. She is recovering at home and will work from there next week, says the State Department, adding that Clinton had been dehydrated because of a stomach virus. The development means that Clinton will not testify as scheduled on Thursday before a Senate panel on the Benghazi attacks. Instead, deputies Thomas Nides and William Burns will take her place. Clinton also was to testify before a House panel the same day, and that is presumably canceled as well.

"Senator Kerry was relieved to hear that the Secretary is on the mend, but he insisted that given her condition, she could not and should not appear on Thursday," said a statement from John Kerry, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee. Earlier this week, Clinton canceled an overseas trip because of the stomach virus, and Daily Intel noted at the time that it was probably a wise move—because Clinton, 65, once fainted mid-speech in 2005, thanks to a stomach virus.