Almost 100 Republicans from the US House of Representatives have submitted an anti-Susan Rice letter to President Barack Obama, warning against nominating the US Ambassador as Secretary of State.
In their letter to the president, the House Republicans accuse Rice of “having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi affair,” reports CBS News.
The 97 House Republicans to sign the letter do not hold confirmation power over presidential nominations, but they describe themselves as “deeply troubled” over the possibility of Rice being nominated. They add:
“Though Ambassador Rice has been our Representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya … caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world.”
CNN notes that Rice has several supporters that are willing to defend her reputation against the letter’s attacks, including Representative Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who states that he is frustrated by their criticism of the US Ambassador to the UN. Clyburn stated:
“She says that she was wrong for doing it, but don’t call her incompetent. That is something totally different. A lot of very competent people sometimes make errors, and to say that she erroneously did it, I don’t have a problem with it. But to call her incompetent, a PHD Rhodes Scholar, being called incompetent by someone who can’t hold a candle to her intellectually.”
Rice’s defenders also include the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who pointed out that Rice’s description was based on talking points provided by the CIA. Despite the defenses of Ambassador Susan Rice, the 97 House Republicans are still warning Obama against nominating the Ambassador as Secretary of State.