California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed Sunday that she is initiating a review of “talking points” related to the attack in Benghazi on September 11 after what she says is heavy “politicization” of remarks made by US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in the wake of the attacks.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein spoke about Susan Rice having come under attack after the situation in Benghazi on Meet The Press, noting that the Ambassador had come under heavy criticism from the right — ostensibly due to dueling narratives about the Benghazi attack and ongoing allegations that the Obama administration engaged in a cover-up after the fracas left four Americans dead, including Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens.
Much of the brouhaha to which Feinstein refers was sparked after Rice said on Face The Nation:
“… based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy – sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.”
Dianne Feinstein says Rice was speaking based on approved, unclassified “talking points” for which she was debriefed and that the Ambassador was unable to disclose further information publicly on the open investigation.