A peace-making meeting between US Ambassador to the UN,, and Republican senators over her initial remarks after the attack on US consulate inn Benghazi, Libya, failed to trim down the fit of GOP anger against her.
The meeting on Tuesday, which was expected to make things nice, appeared to create even more controversies between the Senate Republicans and the Obama Administration. Rice admitted that her early description of the Benghazi attack was partially flawed, but her concession did not win over the GOP senators who blame her of deceiving the nation.
The UN Ambassador, accompanied by CIA Director Michael Morell, reportedly met with GOP Senators, Kelley Ayotte and behind closed doors at the Capitol Hill. The three senators are counted among Rice’s staunch opponents and critics. They have warned to block Rice’s nomination in the senate if President Obama picks her for the post of Secretary of State in his cabinet.
After the meeting, Graham said he is more disturbed than he was before the meeting.
“Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before,” said Graham, according to the Washington Post.
Sen. Ayotte said she feels more troubled after the meeting with Rice.
Sen. McCain said he and his accompanying senators are more worried by scores of the answers to their questions. He also said that they got some answers and justifications for which Rice failed to provide evidence.
"We are disturbed by the Administration's continued inability to answer even the most basic questions about the Benghazi attack and the Administration's response. Beyond Ambassador Rice's misstatements, we continue to have questions about what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack on our consulate — as well as the President's statements regarding the attack,” the three senators said in a joint statement, according to the Seattle Times.
Several leading Republicans think that Rice deliberately misrepresented the Benghazi attack for fear of Obama’s political fallout in his reelection bid. Rice initially described the incidence as an unplanned violence due to an anti-Islam film, but subsequent investigation found it out to be a planned terrorist attack. Three weeks after President Obama’s reelection, the matter remains politically explosive.