January 6th, 2013
09:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Hillary Clinton returns to work at State Department

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returned to work Monday morning for the first time since she was sidelined by illness, a concussion and a blood clot, according to a schedule released by the State Department.

According to the department's weekly schedule, Clinton held a meeting with assistant secretaries of state at 9:15 a.m. ET Monday. On Tuesday she'll meet with outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon at the White House before attending meetings with ambassadors at the State Department. On Friday Clinton will participate in events surrounding Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington.

Clinton chaired her weekly meeting with assistant secretaries of state Monday morning.

The secretary was discharged from a New York hospital Wednesday, three days after she was admitted for the treatment of a blood clot in a vein between her skull and brain. Doctors found the clot during a medical test related to a concussion she suffered in December, which she sustained after fainting from dehydration caused by the flu.

Clinton was treated with blood thinners to dissolve the clot, which did not cause a stroke or any neurological damage.

On Friday, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland described Clinton's condition after her release as "upbeat" and "raring to go" and said Clinton was planning to return to work at the State Department this week.

Nuland was asked earlier in the week how Clinton's illness might affect her plans to testify on Capitol Hill about the deadly September terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Nuland did not directly say whether Clinton would appear.

"She has said that she is open to going up to the Hill. We are working with them now on their schedule because there's also a question of when they are going to be in, and we will let you know when we have something to share," Nuland said.

Clinton, a former first lady, New York senator and presidential candidate, does not plan to stay on for President Barack Obama's second term but prefers to remain until her replacement is in place.

Some senators have said they would delay confirmation hearings for her proposed successor, Sen. John Kerry, until Clinton has testified on the Libya attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The House and Senate have both adjourned until mid-January, and no Congressional hearings were listed on the State Department schedule released Sunday.

CNN's Jill Dougherty and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. blake

    It is well past time for her to come clean about Benghazi under oath and threat of perjury. She, Obama, and Rice have all compulsively and repeatedly lied and attempted to cover up what really happened. All three should be removed from office and held up to public disgrace.

    January 6, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Dana

    Congratulations. You married a president and now you are somebody.

    January 6, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Truck

    Ben Gazi,what team does he play on?

    January 6, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Jt_flyer

    Welcome back The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State... That's too long and difficult to say...
    Welcome back future President of the United States.

    January 6, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. Tom

    I think every political figure once they leave office lose their healthcare and they should start paying for the rest of their life.

    January 6, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. theINDEPENDENTone

    How many sick day do Government Workers get??? Is this coming out of her vacation days or did she get government disability? Same with Congressman Jackson and Patrick Kennedy... months and months of not showing up at work.

    January 6, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Pipforpeace

    Best wishes for your return, Hillary! We've been pulling for you!

    January 6, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Chris

    She should be mentally examined to make sure she can handle a political job before returning to work. Then she should go TESTIFY about her and Obama's knowledge of their lack of response to help a US government offical who was in a dangerous country asking for more protection (but was killed unfortunately so he can't testify). Same fate as the US Border Patrol agent killed by Obama's guns given to his crony drug lords (how much money did Obama get from that deal).

    January 6, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Hal Atosis

    Good, she can testify about the lies and cover up about Libya now.

    January 6, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. juiceball

    clinton for president

    January 6, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. hey

    testify on benghazi hillary

    January 6, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. MashaSobaka

    Glad she's feeling well enough to work.

    January 6, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. Shark

    I I knew she was lying about the dehydration and the concussion. It was just a dodge to avoid testifying. It seems I was wrong. What does that say about Hillary? Nothing. What does it say about me? That I am a cynic and always think the worst of politicians. I was wrong this time but I am usually right when it come to lying politicians. They earned my cynicism.

    January 6, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  14. Barbarajean martin

    Be blessed in this new year prosper u with health and n all u do n2013

    January 6, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. marianne

    Welcome back Mrs. C, so glad you are doing better!

    January 6, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  16. soundOff

    Is she going to testify?

    January 6, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. Bigwolf

    Glad to hear the Secretary of State is feeling better and returning to work. Hope she doesn't jump back in to full force and set herself up for a relapse. Hopefully she will ease back in to things. My sincere thoughts are with her and pray the Great One keeps her well.

    January 7, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  18. WakeUp48

    Will she be ready to testify to the 9-11 attacks or will she "come down with another sickness" ?

    January 7, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  19. christopher dawson

    Clots in veins? Clot in the brain? Surely what Mrs Clinton had was a collection of blood between skull and brain just beneath the outer covering of the brain namely the dura mater? A sub-dural hematoma?

    January 7, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  20. barssbb

    Ok – will you be testifying about Benghazi now?

    January 7, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  21. Name lynn

    welcome back hillary the lord heal you. An now you are back we love you hillary clinton, an you are doing a great job keep up the good work.

    January 7, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  22. Martha

    Hillary Clinton has been an excellent Secretary of State. I hope her health continues to improve. I wish her all the best.

    January 7, 2013 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  23. Birchwood

    Sen. John Kerry please hurry to be confirmed as the Secretary of State.

    January 7, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  24. Brian Smith

    She needs to have plenty of time to hit her head again before she needs to testify...

    January 7, 2013 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  25. jhondoe

    She will be all peachy untill the ask her to testify about benghazi... 3rd times a charm right?

    January 7, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
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