Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice has turned down a request to testify before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism.
CNN was first to report––and Fox News subsequently reported––that Rice’s lawyer sent a letter back to committee chair Lindsey Graham and Democratic ranking member Sheldon Whitehouse that said, in part, “Chairman Graham’s invitation was extended only after the hearing was noticed, less than two weeks before the hearing was scheduled to occur, and without consultation with Ambassador Rice, a professional courtesy that would customarily be extended to any witness.”
The letter also alleges that this was not truly meant in a bipartisan fashion. Per CNN:
Senator Whitehouse has informed us by letter that he did not agree to Chairman Graham’s invitation to Ambassador Rice, a significant departure from the bipartisan invitations extended to other witnesses. Under these circumstances, Ambassador Rice respectfully declines Senator Graham’s invitation to testify.
On MSNBC earlier, Senator Dianne Feinstein said Rice “ought to consider” testifying.
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