January 6th, 2013
09:47 PM ET
10 years 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.

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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. Natch

    Who wants to bet that the blood clot treatment will magically make it impossible for her to recall certain details about the Benghazi incident??

    January 7, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Take it easy, relax.

    January 7, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  3. RF Burns

    Welcome back! Hope you continue to inprove. Let's hope your memory about Benghazi returns as well.

    January 7, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  4. stevenbeto

    Welcome back, Madam Secretary. Breathing in, I stand. Breathing out, I cheer for your recovery.

    January 7, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  5. Bill Richardson

    I am glad to hear that Mrs. Clinton is doing better. Blood clots are more common than most people think and Mrs. Clinton is very fortunate to have had minimal damage done. I truly wish her well. Having said that, I do hope that she insists on testifying before Congress regarding the Libyan crisis. Although I am a conservative independent, I think that Mrs. Clinton has done a good jobs as Sec. of State. If I am not mistaken, she has accepted responsibility for the miscommunications that occurred during the debacle. My questions are not so much about her involvement, but the culpability of the one responsible for the well planned and executed campaign of misinformation fed to the American People.

    January 7, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  6. spent

    Testify and don't lie. That is a joke, of course. A politician not lying is like saying the Pope is Jewish.

    January 7, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. JanB

    I am glad the Secretary of State is recovered and back to work.

    January 7, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Al

    That's great, now let's go see what she is willing to tell about Bengazi, i'm sure that she will be given an Executive Privilege so that she does not implicated anyone, if that is she were to tell the truth.

    January 7, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Joe

    Recovering. Too bad.

    January 7, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Guy Smiley

    I guess she is "upbeat" because she dodged the hearings on Libya.

    January 7, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Foreverwar

    Glad she is doing better.

    January 7, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Carol

    There will be nothing wrong with Clinton's memory. Sorry to disappoint you.

    January 7, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. jbq2

    There is no doubt that this is a "cover story". The medical expert at NBC stated that a concussion could not cause a brain clot. The doctor said that the clot would had to come from elsewhere such as her leg.

    January 7, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Jerry

    What has this woman actually really ever accomplished ? Also ever wonder where general Petraus went ?

    January 7, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. jpmichigan

    So, when does she, if she ever does, testify on Benghazi?

    January 7, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. TeddyX

    So called Conservative Christian Republicans make a bad name for Christians with all the h at e they spew forth. I have a nephew who call's himself a Christian and is at church every time the door opens, but has disowned me as an Uncle due to fact i have a black grandchild. He says that if Republicans were in control; that would be illegal, he also says its against the bible. And they call Democrats communist. Pathetic

    January 7, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    I can't believe all the nasty comments coming from the party of Christianity. Where was all of this outrage toward Bush, Cheney, Rummy and crew over Iraq?? Thousands died for nothing. Blood clots are serious matters and sometimes lead to stroke and even death but that doesn't matter to the phony Christians.

    I'm glad you're better Secretary Clinton. Take care of yourself and let the haters hate. Simply brush the dirt off your shoulders and keep it to moving.

    January 7, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. desiv

    "Clinton was treated with blood thinners to dissolve the clot" – Blood thinners don't dissolve clots.. They prevent (hopefully) further clot development. Time and the body's regular processes dissolve clots (again, hopefully).

    January 7, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Bill D.

    This is good news! Now she can testify on Benghazi.

    January 7, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. SJAJR

    These people obsessing over Benghazi werent too excited about the thousands injured and killed in Iraq. They probably weren't upset with Reagan with the bomming of tyhe Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon in the 80s. Double Standard?

    January 7, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Robert McCabe

    She should resign for the good of the country.

    January 7, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Publius Novus

    We've already heard more than enough testimony on Benghazi. Moreover, I am certain that the Sec. of State does not have any first-hand knowledge of the events occurring in one consulate in North Africa, no matter the fact that four Americans were murdered there. Anything she can tell Congress will come from State Department files–information already provided to the "investigators." The only purpose to be served by having Sec. Clinton testify will be to create television footage for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

    January 7, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Publius Novus

    @Bill Richardson. You are concerned about "the one responsible for the well planned and executed campaign of misinformation fed to the American People?" That would be Fox News. And under the First Amendment, they have no "culpability" for their misinformation.

    January 7, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Scott Downer

    Well lets see what she says about Benghazi and answers to why she told the parents of the Seal team and Ambassador Stevens and there should in Caskets behind her at the Military Airport Hanger that she would make sure the Movie Maker would be Punished and then to hug them eye to eye . Who ordered the Stand down orders that from the time they broke the gates down at 2pm and the alarms went off and the diary as well as the GPS Cell phone tracking program software on all 7 phones the 4 that died as well as the 3 C.I.A. officers that survived

    January 7, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. a little sad


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

    Actually, she married a law professor who later became a Governor and then President. She also in her own right was elected to the US Senate. BTW, she was also the most admired woman in the world (Gallup poll) in 17 of the last 20 years, and came in 2nd the other three.

    She's been a "somebody" for a long time.

    Little bit of jealousy going on there?

    January 7, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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