An increasing number of Republicans are standing up to oppose U.N. ambassador Susan Rice‘s potential nomination to become the next secretary of state, citing her comments in the days following the attacks on the U.S. consulate on Benghazi. Rice said at the time that the attacks were triggered by the controversial movie Innocence of Muslims, and now she is defending those comments by insisting she publicly revealed information that was provided to her by intelligence officials.
Rice emphasized that she “relied solely and squarely” on what was given to her by the intelligence community, in remarks to reporters at the United Nations that were picked up by Reuters.
“I made clear that the information provided to me was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers…
“Everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith, to provide the best assessment based on the information available,” Rice said. “None of us will rest … until we have the answer and the terrorists responsible for this attack will be brought to the justice.”
John McCain and Lindsay Graham have been leading the pushback against Rice. Rice also said today that McCain’s comments were “unfounded” and she’s looking forward to talking with him.”
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