U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told lawmakers Tuesday that her first explanation about the cause of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans was incorrect.
“There was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi,” reads a statement from Rice’s office, released after she held a meeting with U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).
On Sept. 16, Rice said that protesters affronted the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city, leading to the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
“We certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack,” she said, adding that she was not attempting to mislead the public.
For weeks, Republican senators have pressed Rice, who has been tipped to head the State Department, on her initial comments.
However, Sen. McCain said that he remains “significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get,” reported The Washington Post.
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