President Obama’s possible nominee for Secretary of State, Susan Rice, sitting down Tuesday with Republican Senators critical of what she knew about the Benghazi attack and when she knew it.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Washington:
Republican lawmakers say they are not satisfied after a closed-door sit down with UN Ambassador Susan Rice about September’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.
(Graham) “Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before.”
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Days after Benghazi attack, Rice described the event as an out of control protest sparked by an anti-Islamic film, despite intelligence pointing to a more coordinated terror attack.
Some GOP lawmakers are threatening to hold up her confirmation if she’s tapped to be the next Secretary of State.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
WATCH for more on relations between some GOP lawmakers and UN Ambassador Susan Rice:
READ a statement by UN Ambassador Susan Rice:
“Today, Acting CIA Director Michael Morell and I met with Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte to discuss my September 16th public comments regarding the attack against the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the intelligence assessments that formed the basis for those comments. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss these issues directly and constructively with them.
In the course of the meeting, we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi. While, we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. We stressed that neither I nor anyone else in the Administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the Administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved.
The Administration remains committed to working closely with Congress as we thoroughly investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi and bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the tragic deaths of our colleagues, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. We also look forward to the findings of the Accountability Review Board and the FBI investigation.”