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Former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice sticks to her Benghazi story

Former Ambassador Susuan Rice - Why did it take 18 months to re-appear in the media?
Former Ambassador Susuan Rice - Why did it take 18 months to re-appear in the media?Getty Photo

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice came out of hiding Sunday to appear on one news show, the left-leaning Meet the Presswith its sympathetic host, David Gregory.

Unlike her initial appearances after the Benghazi tragedy, where she appeared on all five Sunday news shows, her White House handlers obviously felt such added exposure could only worsen the already ill-feelings of many in Congress and the American people.

She has no regrets about initially characterizing the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, as a "spontaneous response" to an anti-Islam video.

What I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best information that we had at the time,” Rice told NBC's David Gregory. The information I provided, which I explained to you, was what we had at the moment. It could change. I commented that this was based on what we knew on that morning, was provided to me and my colleagues and indeed to Congress by the intelligence community, and that’s been well validated in many different ways since."

Why did it take her a year-and-a-half to make this bold statement? Her initial appearance showed a strong resolve that a video was to blame for the attacks and not experienced terrorists.

She continued, "That information turned out in some respects not to be 100 percent correct. But the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration is patently false, and that’s been amply demonstrated.”

The American people and Congress aren’t convinced.

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