Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently suffered a concussion that has Benghazi critics crying foul. The suggestion that Clinton faked sick to somehow avoid a potentially embarrassing congressional testimony has been slammed by aides as “wild speculation.”
Former United Nations envoy John Bolton was slammed by the State Department today for speculation that Hillary Clinton may have faked her concussion to avoid testifying before Congress about the attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, reports the Chicago Tribune.
During a Fox News appearance, Bolton speculated that Clinton’s claim of fainting, hitting her head, and suffering a concussion amounts to what foreign service officers call a “diplomatic illness.”
“This is a ‘diplomatic illness’ to beat the band,” said Bolton, who served during the 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.”
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland blasted the Clinton speculation Tuesday, calling Bolton’s “diplomatic illness” accusation “completely untrue.”
“I can assure you, he’s not privy to any inside information,” Nuland said, calling Bolton’s criticism “wild speculation based on no information.” She also reported that Clinton is currently “on the mend.”
Still, Clinton speculation in the media is at an all-time high, with many noting that her “diplomatic illness” is at the very least conveniently timed. According to UPI, The New York Post said the development is “one of the most transparent dodges in the history of diplomacy,” and The Daily Caller called for a medical report, to prove “she’s not just stonewalling.”
Time for you to get in on this Clinton speculation: Is Bolton right-on with his “diplomatic illness” accusation, or is Hils only guilty of suffering from the worst timing ever? Methinks she’s just been too busy texting these days.