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Allen West: Hillary Clinton Caught 'Benghazi Flu'

Dec 20, 2012 | Updated Dec 20, 2012

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday, suggesting her absence from a congressional testimony due to a stomach virus was really "a case of Benghazi flu."

“I’m not a doctor, but it seems as though…the Secretary of State has come down with a case of Benghazi flu,” West said on "Fox and Friends." “I think we have to get to the bottom of this. There’s still a very countless amount of unanswered questions.”

Clinton's scheduled testimony on the Benghazi attack was postponed after the Secretary of State fainted due to illness. Clinton suffered a concussion during the incident, but the State Department confirmed she was fine and recovering at home Saturday.

"She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon," State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement.

West isn't the only one to suggest Clinton's illness wasn't genuine. John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush, suggested Clinton fabricated a "diplomatic illness" in order to dodge her scheduled testimony.

The State Department criticized Bolton's "completely untrue" comments. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Bolton is "not privy to any inside information" and referred to his remarks as "wild speculation."

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