Ayotte: Rice Went Beyond Benghazi Talking Points

Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 10:34 PM

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U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went way beyond the talking points she was given on the terrorist attack in Libya when she appeared on Sunday talk shows shortly after the Sept. 11 attack, says Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.,

Ayotte was one of five senators who met with Rice last week to discuss her reaction to the attack, which left four Americans dead.

Ayotte said Sunday that she's still troubled by what she heard, noting that Rice had read the classified intelligence briefings saying that al-Qaida was behind the attack and did not mention that in her television appearances.

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Moreover, Rice relayed information on television that was not in the briefings, including inaccurate claims about the consulate's security and al-Qaida's strength in the region.

“She had reviewed it before going on Sunday shows, and went on the Sunday shows and went beyond the talking points,” Ayotte said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Frankly, not supported by the record.”

Ayotte said her focus on Rice’s talking points is designed to address possible intelligence failures.

“We've had three stories on the talking points, so that's important just for making sure that our intelligence is solid going forward,” she said.

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