Nov 27, 2012 Comments Off on Rice Meeting Only Makes Things Worse, Senators ‘More Disturbed Than Before’ Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Fox News: Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they left the meeting with more unanswered questions about her comments after the deadly September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“I am more disturbed now than before,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
The Capitol Hill meeting lasted about 90 minutes and also was attended by acting CIA Director Michael Morell.
Graham was joined by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire, and John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I’m significantly troubled by the answers we got and didn’t get,” McCain said.
Rice continues to be discussed as one of the top candidates to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down next year.
However, the senators said after the meeting they needed more information about the attacks and the aftermath before making a decision on how they might vote on a potential Rice nomination.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was among three prominent senators who met this morning with United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, whom she has criticized for giving mixed signals over the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
After the meeting, she told reporters, “I want to say that I’m more troubled today knowing, having met with the Acting Director of the CIA and Ambassador Rice. Because it’s certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al-Qaida were involved in the attack on the embassy. And clearly the impression that was given of the information given to the American people was wrong. In fact, Ambassador Rice said today, absolutely, it was wrong.”
She also said, “I have many more questions that need to be answered.”
The freshman New Hampshire Republican is now part of a triad of senators, including John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who have promised to oppose Rice if she is nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed the outgoing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.