Despite Republican senators saying they have even more concerns following their meeting with UN Ambassador Susan Rice, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday said “there are no unanswered questions about Ambassador Rice’s appearance on Sunday shows.”
“Those questions have been answered,” he said. “The questions that remain to be answered and that the president insists are answered have to do with what happened in Benghazi, who was responsible for the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador, and what steps we need to take to ensure something like that doesn’t happen again.”
Rice met privately with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire on Tuesday to discuss her misleading statements on the Benghazi attack in the days following the deadly terrorist act. Rice infamously blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim YouTube video even though intelligence almost immediately pointed to the involvement of a terrorist group.
“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning evidence that was leading up to the attack on the consulate, and the tragic death of four brave Americans and whether Ambassador Rice was prepared, or informed sufficiently, to give the American people the correct depiction of the events that took place,” McCain told reporters after the meeting.
“Bottom line– I’m more disturbed now than I was before that 16 September explanation,” Graham said of the meeting.
“I’m more troubled today,” Ayotte agreed.
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