U.S. senators vow to block Susan Rice promotion over Benghazi

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:22pm EST

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks with the media after Security Council consultations at U.N. headquarters in New York June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Allison Joyce

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks with the media after Security Council consultations at U.N. headquarters in New York June 7, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Allison Joyce

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Republican senators vowed on Wednesday to block any future promotion of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, over her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

"We will do whatever's necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as Susan Rice is concerned," said Senator John McCain. Fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported that stance at the same news conference.

Rice has been mentioned as a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has said she will not continue to serve in President Barack Obama's second term beginning in January.

Republican lawmakers, however, question Rice's initial description of the violence that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American officials as a spontaneous outburst rather than a planned attack.

(Reporting By Paul Eckert and Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (14)
jaham wrote:
The fallout begins; going to be interesting to watch the truth revealed.

Nov 14, 2012 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:
@jaham, what is interesting is it seems like most aspects of the truth have come out, yet righties keep clinging to some random conspiracy theory.

Nov 14, 2012 1:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bugbuster wrote:
And so begins the GOP 2014 midterm election campaign.

Nov 14, 2012 2:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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