Clinton stands by Rice after calls to step down
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
October 1st, 2012
04:41 PM ET

Clinton stands by Rice after calls to step down

By Jill Dougherty

The State Department stood by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice Monday, rejecting calls by Republicans that she step down

Asked to comment on demands by Rep. Peter King, R-New York, that Rice step down for what he says were misleading comments about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters: "Secretary (Hillary) Clinton believes that Ambassador Rice has done a superb job, so let's just start there, and we completely reject any such calls here in this building."

Asked to explain inconsistencies from the Obama administration about the attack on the mission in which four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died, Nuland said: "When we gave our initial impressions that very first week of how we understood things had happened, we were very careful here, the secretary was careful, to make clear that these were preliminary assessments, that we would have to fully investigate, and to the extent that there were lessons to be learned we were going to have to take those on board."

The FBI began its investigation and Secretary Clinton established an accountability review board, as she is required to do by law, and Nuland said the department wants to let the investigations go forward.

Subsequently, more information has come forward, Nuland said, including the statement Friday by Shawn Turner, spokesman for the director of national intelligence, "That more information has come forward over the course of time, which has given them more of what they need to understand it. But it's their business to assess the intelligence, not ours."

The State Department spokeswoman said the Benghazi mission remains closed until further notice. On Friday of last week ,the State Department took out six additional staff members from the embassy in Tripoli. Five of them have returned.

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  3. Chris

    Here is another reason why she should be fired:

    She loves the well known murderer and dictator, the late Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. If you read her speech on the memorial service held for this dictator, you might think that she is talking about Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandel. She tries to justify his dictatorship. Meles has been in power for 21 years, he accused of genocide by the genocide watch, he is accused of killing of so many innocent civilians, and he is accused of imprisoning opposition party members and journalists. Read the speech that she made on his memorial service and you would think that she has to be fired. She is incapable.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:10 am | Reply
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    Not goot

    October 20, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  5. Memo2

    Easy to play politician, the problem is when things happens no body knows for sure what is going on, She should be let go,if can't handle the job.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:06 am | Reply
  6. Alan

    To understand the truly sorry state of affairs within the U.S. Government, just follow folks like Ms. Clinton, Ms. Rice and other "professionals" who are highly paid for abysmal performance. And investors complain bout non-performing CEOs?

    October 19, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply
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    Peter King is as dangerous of a war monger as McCain. He is intent on starting a war by inflaming the Middle East. If he only slightly changes his narrative, he would be considered anti-Muslim, but he hides his words behind using terroism as the primary narrative.

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      So you have promoted yourself to be the deciding person on other people's freedom of speech? Very Stalinist of you.

      October 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
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    The further up you go in an organization the LESS is actually known. Not unusual here.

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  10. rachni

    Uh, if they didn't have all the facts, why did they go out and say it was spontaneous and due to the video? Why didn't they simply say, we need the right information first so we don't completely lie and misinform the public.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      Because the republican congress demanded an answer before the facts were checked.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Why?

        Republican Congress is at fault? Your kidding right? He is the POTUS – he is accountable for telling the truth to those who voted for him. He just didn't want it to be his fault right before the election.

        October 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
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      And wasn't Obama in Vegas at a political rally or something like that???

      October 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
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        And wasn't Bush reading a book to children when the planes hit the twin towers? This is an election year, presidents campaign on election year. Get over it. This is how it has been for both democrat and republican presidents for a long long time. Your comment is apples and oranges.

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    No wonder we see a great future for free speech here on CNN!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
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      I am getting bad vibes reading about Hindus and Indians and their culture. I have read up on them as well and don't like what I see. How can our government be supporting India, a culture so brutal and anti women, children and minorities. I have put in a call to our congressional delegation and emailed them as well opposing any further financial aid/support of any kind to India. We Americans cannot condone such archaic cultures. I urge all Americans to contact their congress people and voice their concerns regarding India.

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    Secretary of State Clinton "Stands by Rice". How grand and noble of the Secretary of State.
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      Clinton is the best Secretary of State we ever had.

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      • Spencer

        Larry used some really big words!! Does his venacular substantiate his intelligence?? I think not!! The Republican parties attempt to use American deaths as a lifeboat for their sinking 2012 political campaign is shameful if not treason!! Times like these should presuppose partisan action!

        October 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • Why?

        Past Sec of state: Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Henry Kissinger – Clinton will never live up tro these SOS's

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