Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing back hard against media reports about her health, and warning media outlets against talking about whether she has serious health problems.
In spite of coughing fits that last over four minutes and disrupt campaign speeches, rallies, and press appearances, Clinton doesn’t want anyone talking about her health.
Last week campaign traveling spokesman Nick Merrill took to Twitter to scold NBC reporter Andrew Rafferty for writing a brief report about Clinton’s coughing fit aboard her campaign plane, telling Rafferty to “Get a life.”
Rafferty’s five-paragraph story , entitled “Hillary Clinton fights back coughing attack” reported that Clinton suffered from repeated coughing attacks during her campaign, and noted that the
“frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run and left her almost unable to finish her remarks.”
Clinton’s campaign dismisses stories that raise questions about Clinton’s coughing fits, memory losses, and frequent falls as “a bunch of baloney” and “trivial.” Democrat strategist Jim Manley told The Hill that the Clinton campaign wants to “put pressure on the press” to try to “push back on the mainstream media’s willingness to pick up on some of this stuff that’s usually left to the fringes.” Manley also said the Clinton campaign has seen the coverage of Clinton’s health issues “bleeding to the mainstream media” in recent weeks.
While Hillary Clinton dismisses all questions about her health as absurd and illegitimate, Clinton herself brought up her health and medical issues in her FBI interview in response to questions about her email practices while Secretary of State. The first set of released notes from Clinton’s July 2 FBI interview reflect that Clinton stated she was unable to remember some security briefings, and whether she was advised on how to correctly preserve records when she was leaving the State Department, because of complications from a fall that resulted in a blood clot in her brain.
‘In December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot,’ the FBI’s report read, summarizing what she told the agency. ‘Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received,’ the FBI report added.
Clinton also claimed in her FBI interview that she could not recall receiving FOIA requests for information related to her email during her tenure as Secretary of State. Serious questions have arisen whether Clinton and her legal team destroyed evidence which they were under legal order to save and produce to congressional investigators. On Tuesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia asking him to investigate whether Hillary Clinton and her aides destroyed evidence and obstructed justice by destroying emails sent while she was secretary of state which were subject to congressional subpoena.
A Clinton campaign aide told Reuters that Clinton brought up the concussion to explain, in part, why she was not working full days following her injury – and claimed she was not saying she had suffered from memory loss.
Clinton herself has refused to explain what she told the FBI about her 2012 concussion. On Thursday of last week, she walked away from questions about the FBI interview notes which suggested that she attributed her memory lapses to her concussion. Asked by the Daily Mail
‘Can you clarify what you told the FBI about your concussion?’
Clinton walked away from her podium on the tarmac in White Plains, N.Y.
‘Read the reports,’ Clinton responded, offering no explanation.
The video showing Clinton dodge questions about her FBI interview has been removed from the internet. Big surprise.
But now that whole “fringe kook conspiracy” about Hillary’s health just went mainstream.
After Hillary Clinton appeared to faint at Sunday’s 9/11 Memorial Service in New York City and was hustled into a van by campaign staff and Secret Service, the Clinton campaign dismissed concerns stating that Clinton had become overheated and dehydrated. After a quick rest in Chelsea’s apartment, Clinton was seen emerging from the apartment and told reporters she felt great.
By late afternoon, the campaign released a statement from her doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack, stating that Mrs. Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. “While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely,” the statement read.
Even though diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, which is highly infectious, Clinton attended an LBGT fundraiser in New York City attended by hundreds of donors and headlined by Barbra Streisand, as well as the 9/11 Memorial Service Sunday morning where she came into contact with dignitaries, survivors, family members, and law enforcement personnel.
Brian Fallon, spokesman for the Clinton campaign, dismissed internet conspiracy theories that Clinton was suffering from a brain disorder or dementia saying there was “no undisclosed condition, pneumonia is the extent of it,” and that Clinton never lost consciousness.
This latest health episode has forced Clinton to promise that she would release further medical information this week. Spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC that the campaign will release fresh medical records to help “further put to rest any lingering concerns” about Mrs. Clinton’s health.
Perhaps Hillary Clinton has finally decided to meet the standard of disclosure set by candidate Bill Clinton. In 1996, Clinton told the New York Times “the public has a right to know the condition of the president’s health.” As of yesterday, Hillary Clinton’s serious medical issues are a matter of public record.
The Clinton campaign is warning media that her health is not a legitimate issue – except when Clinton herself wants to use her health to exonerate her for potentially criminal conduct related to her use of a private email server, destruction of emails, and obstruction of justice. Clinton’s campaign wants to dismiss any questions about her 2012 concussion, medical records, and frequent coughing fits as laughable, ridiculous non-issue which should be completely out of bounds – except when Clinton herself makes her health an issue. Illegitimate for media, but legitimate for the FBI? Well, which is it, Mrs. Clinton?
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