CIA nominee, John Brennan, whose nomination is expected to come to a vote in the Senate on Thursday, was involved in drafting the talking points used by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in the wake of the 2012 Benghazi attack, Republican lawmakers charged.
“Brennan was involved,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia told The Hill on Tuesday. “It's pretty obvious what happened.”
The White House has stonewalled efforts to find out who was responsible for the talking points immediately following the Sept. 11 attack that claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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“At the end of the day it should have been pretty easy to determine who made the changes and what changes were made,” added Chambliss.
Republican lawmakers have charged that Rice’s talking points were deliberately watered down and provided an inaccurate account of what really happened when delivered on Sunday talk shows in the final weeks prior to the November presidential election.
While Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, had tried to position Brennan’s involvement as “small,” a number of GOP lawmakers appear still not convinced after viewing intelligence documents made available to the committee.
“I wouldn't use the word alleviate,” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, added to The Hill. “I think it raises other questions with regard to process. But we may have more to say about that in the next couple days.”
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