Clinton to Testify about Benghazi before Resigning; Staff Gives Her Football Helmet as Gift on Her Return after a Fall, Blood Clot

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Clinton to Testify about Benghazi before Resigning; Staff Gives Her Football Helmet as Gift on Her Return after a Fall, Blood Clot


Byline: Guy Taylor, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The State Department said Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about security failures in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya She will testify while she is still sitting secretary of state, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said of Mrs. Clinton, who is slated to step down in the coming weeks, pending Senate confirmation of Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, as her replacement.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Mr. Kerry currently chairs, has not yet set dates for his confirmation hearing, which is expected to proceed smoothly.Mrs. Nuland said that Mrs. Clinton has been speaking on the telephone with Mr. Kerry virtually nonstop lately She is 100 percent committed to having the smoothest possible transition, to helping him as much as possible, and she'll be available as much as he needs her, Mrs. Nuland said, adding that when Mrs. Clinton will testify on Benghazi is being arranged as the newly elected 113th Congress is just gearing up We have a new Senate Foreign Relations Committee, she said. So we're working now with the committee on scheduling of both the Benghazi hearing [and] the confirmation hearing, getting the sequence agreed with them. She said the committee would not return to session until after President Obama's inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 21. Mrs. Clinton was discharged last week from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she spent four days under treatment for a blood clot inside her skull, discovered after a fall at her New York home. Doctors have said that the clot did not result in a stroke or neurological damage and that they expect her to recover fully.The Benghazi testimony announcement came on the day Mrs. Clinton officially returned to work at the State Department after a month away to deal with a string of medical issues.The Associated Press reported that a crowd of about 75 State Department officials greeted Mrs. Clinton with a standing ovation as she walked into the first senior staff meeting she has convened since early December, according to those present. …

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