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Clinton aide: Only an “imbecile” would say Hillary’s faking

A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton has told the New York Times that only "an imbecile" would suggest that the secretary of state would fake an illness rather than answer questions from Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed ambassador Chris Stevens.

Clinton, who is recovering from a concussion and then the discovery of a blood clot near her brain, needed to cancel her appearance before an investigative committee in December. When the concussion was first announced, prominent conservatives including John Bolton, Charles Krauthammer and Monica Crowley all suggested there was something a little too convenient about the timing.

But in a story in Saturday's New York Times about Clinton's recovery, Reines -- a Clinton aide with a history of speaking his mind -- fired back at that notion.

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