Tuesday, November 20, 2012

McCain: ‘Surprised’ By Report That DNI Removed Terrorism References In Rice’s Benghazi Talking Points

4:09 PM EST, Tuesday November 20, 2012
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released a statement
on Tuesday in which he responded to reports that the Director of
National Intelligence (DNI) scrubbed references to Al-Qaeda from the
unclassified talking points used by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice
and others following the September attack in Benghazi.
McCain said the revelation runs counter to what he was told by
intelligence officials during Senate hearings and serves as another
reminder of why he and other Republicans are "suspicious" of the Obama
administration's response to the attack.
The statement:

“I am somewhat surprised and frustrated to read reports that the
Office of the Director of National Intelligence was responsible for
removing references to Al-Qaeda from the unclassified talking points
about the Benghazi attack that Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials
used in the early days after September 11, 2012. I participated in
hours of hearings in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last
week regarding the events in Benghazi, where senior intelligence
officials were asked this very question, and all of them – including the
Director of National Intelligence himself – told us that they did not
know who made the changes. Now we have to read the answers to our
questions in the media. There are many other questions that remain
unanswered. But this latest episode is another reason why many of us are
so frustrated with, and suspicious of, the actions of this
Administration when it comes to the Benghazi attack.”

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