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Republican Arizona Senator John McCain recently issued a statement in which he acknowledged his mistake of accusing the White House of changing UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s talking points on Benghazi.
However, it was later revealed by intelligence officials that the White House was not responsible for making any amendments in Rice’s talking points. Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers last week that CIA’s assessment about Al-Qaeda being responsible for the Benghazi attack was taken out of Rice’s talking points following an interagency review.
McCain and his allies claimed that the taking points were taken out by the White House as it makes Obama administration directly responsible for the death of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other people who died in the attack.
In his recent response McCain stepped back from his earlier stance of squarely blaming the White House and instead of talking about the substance of the report, showed more concern as to why such information was not provided by administrative and intelligence officials behind closed door sessions.
“I participated in hours of hearings in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week regarding the events in Benghazi, where senior intelligence officials were asked this very question, and all of them – including the Director of National Intelligence himself – told us that they did not know who made the changes. Now we have to read the answers to our questions in the media.
There are many other questions that remain unanswered. But this latest episode is another reason why many of us are so frustrated with, and suspicious of, the actions of this Administration when it comes to the Benghazi attack.”
However, this hasn’t changed McCain’s opinion about Susan Rice’s selection as Secretary of State. The Republican has already stated in clear words that he would block the nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State, should the President choose her. He said he would “do everything in my power to block her.”