Source: Tom Curry / NBC News
President Barack Obama’s United Nations envoy Susan Rice, a possible nominee to be secretary of State, was set to meet Tuesday morning with three of her Senate Republican critics: Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
All three have signaled that they would likely oppose Rice if Obama selects her to replace Hillary Clinton at the State Department.
The trio of senators has assailed Rice for saying in TV interviews five days after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that the violence was due to an anti-Islamic video circulated on YouTube, a theory provided to her in “talking points” prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency that conflicted with the intelligence that the CIA had gathered after the event.
In a hint of Rice’s clout and the White House’s intention to armor, Acting CIA Director Mike Morrell will accompany her on her Senate meeting.
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