The Republican Senators who met with U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Tuesday sharply criticized the White House’s likely nominee for Secretary State following the meeting.
“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get,” Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said after the meeting, which was convened at Ambassador Rice’s request.
Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) emphasized they were more concerned today about the administration narrative and Ambassador Rice than they were before the meeting.
“I’m more convinced than ever that it was bad, it was unjustified, to give the scenario presented by Ambassador Rice and President Obama three weeks before an election,” Graham said.
“I’m more troubled today, knowing–having met with the acting director of the CIA and Ambassador Rice,” Ayotte said, “because it’s certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al Qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy.”
“Clearly the impression that was given–the information given to the American people was wrong,” she continued. “In fact, Ambassador Rice said today absolutely it was wrong.”