NBC Health Chief: Clinton's Blood Clot Story Doesn't Quite Add Up (Updated)
NBC News chief health correspondent Robert Brazell is puzzled by the government's statement regarding the health of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“All we have is a statement from her office. The hospital isn’t saying anything and the statement from her [office] says that she had this blood clot that stemmed from the concussion and she’s being treated with blood-thinning drugs,” Bazell continued. “The problem is that usually when blood clots come from concussions, they can’t be treated with blood [thinners.] So either it’s not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told. And right now, we’re just sort of seeking that clarification and hoping for the best as she’s being observed.”
If the clot is in the leg, how can it be related to the concussion, as the State Department says? If the clot is related to the concussion, supposing the concussion itself isn't a delaying tactic to keep pushing Clinton's Benghazi testimony down the calendar, it can't be treated as the State Department statement says it's being treated.
Clinton may well be ill -- she did have a blood clot in her leg in 1998 -- but there is no reason to suspend our experience and believe her at this point. The Clintons collectively and Hillary Clinton herself have not earned the benefit of assumed truth-telling. They have earned the suspicion due from a career of telling lie after lie in any and every circumstance. From the Rose law firm records that mysteriously turned up in the White House residence after being missing for years, to making a killing on cattle futures, to Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman...I never asked anyone to lie" riff to Hillary's "I remember landing under sniper fire" lie, straight to Chelsea Clinton's becoming a "journalist" at a national network despite having neither experience nor a personality, there is simply no reason to take any statement from any Clinton or anyone who works for them at face value.
In Hillary's case, the pattern of evading her obligation to testify about Benghazi had been long established before the latest health scare. She blamed a movie for what was obviously a terrorist attack, with the bodies of the slain resting behind her. She set up a committee of hand-picked apparatchiks to "investigate," and that committee quite conveniently determined that mistakes were made, just not by any actual people. Four people were supposedly fired over their roles in the Benghazi attack, but surprise, they're still on the job and they owe their paychecks to Clinton who has kept them around. Through State spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, Clinton floated the possibility that she may never testify along with floating the idea that she had no legal obligation to testify (she does, if Congress says she does, but her Accountability Review Board was set up so that she was not required to testify on its findings). All of that was before the flu, which became a concussion, which is now a blood clot.
Update: The doctors explain:
Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday said that she suffered a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but predicted that she would make a full recovery.