Nov 27, 2012 Comments Off on Sen. Ayotte promises a hold will be placed on Susan Rice if Obama nominates her for secretary of state Infidel
Excerpted from Washington Free Beacon: The Senate will likely place a hold on anyone President Barack Obama nominates to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.).
“There will be a hold” until the Obama administration fully answers lingering questions surrounding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Ayotte told a group of reporters Tuesday afternoon during a conference organized by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).
“My view is we should hold on this until we get sufficient information from the administration because there are questions that need to be answered,” she said.
A “hold” is a parliamentary rule that allows any senator to delay action in the Senate.
Ayotte met Tuesday morning with embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who has faced scrutiny from Republicans on Capitol Hill after disseminating erroneous information regarding Benghazi in the days following the attack.
Rice is viewed as a likely nominee to replace Clinton when she steps down as secretary of state.
Ayotte and other Republican senators who met with Rice Tuesday were not impressed. They believe Rice failed to sufficiently address their concerns about her fitness for the post. She did not explain why she presented the American public with erroneous and conflicting talking points about the source of the Benghazi attack.
“Where I’m left with this is there are still many questions that have to be answered,” Ayotte said Tuesday during the FPI event. “The meeting today left me with many more questions.”