Congress To Investigate CIA Talking Points On Benghazi

Source: Lucy Madison / CBS News

Amid ongoing criticism from Republicans over comments U.N. ambassador Susan Rice made about recent violence in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for an investigation into a set of talking points the CIA gave out to Rice and others following the attacks, which she said would help clear up discrepancies between what intelligence leaders knew about the attack and what U.S. officials were being instructed to divulge publicly.

Feinstein, speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” defended Rice against the accusations that she had deliberately misled the American people – as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has previously suggested — and decried what she called the “politicization of a public statement that was put out by the entire intelligence committee.

“She was within the context of that statement,” said Feinstein, of the talking points to which Rice was referring. “And for this, she has been pilloried for two months. I don’t understand it. It has to stop.”

Shortly following the September 11 attacks in Benghazi, in which four Americans were killed, Rice appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” and other political talk shows suggesting there was no evidence that the violence reflected an act of terrorism. Instead, she said, it appeared to be prompted by an inflammatory anti-Muslim video that had led to protests in Egypt.

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