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Susan Rice on Benghazi: 'I don't have time to think about false controversy'

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In an apprearance on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, National Security Advisor Susan Rice told Leslie Stahl she does not regret her statements about the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.

“I don’t have time to think about the false controversy,” Rice said. “In the midst of all of swirl about things like talking points, the administration has been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be focused on.”

Rice appeared on five Sunday shows following the attack where she repeated the Obama administration's lie that the attack was the result of a protest over an anti-Muslim video.

“This is not an expression of hostility in the broadest sense toward the United States or to U.S. policy,” Rice said when offering the explanation of the video as the catalyst for the attack.

Stahl also questioned Rice about the NSA domestic spying scandal during the interview, but was met with more obfuscation from Rice.

"Officials in the intelligence community have actually been untruthful both to the American public in hearings in Congress and to the FISA Court," Stahl said when discussing the NSA.

Rice responded with another excuse, saying no officials have knowingly lied.

"There have been cases where they have inadvertently made false representations. And they themselves have discovered it and corrected it," Rice said.

"Lesley, it's been worth what we've done to protect the United States, she added, "and the fact that we have not had a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11 should not be diminished. But that does not mean that everything we're doing as of the present ought to be done the same way in the future."

When Stahl suggested to Rice that she would have been named Secretary of State had she not lied about the Benghazi attack in the Sunday show interviews, Rice replied with sarcasm.

“If you hadn’t taken those interviews, I’d be calling you madam secretary,” Stahl said near the end of the Benghazi discussion.

“You can call me Susan,” Rice replied.

The complete interview can be seen by clicking here.



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