UN ambassador to meet GOP leaders
Kelly Wright reports from Washington, D.C.
- Duration 4:04
- Date Nov 27, 2012
Kelly Wright reports from Washington, D.C.
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-- everybody breaking news and facing some of her biggest critics.
Ambassador Susan Rice goes -- Capitol Hill this hour will she will meet with a Republican lawmakers.
Who have been furious with her initial remarks on the two Libyan terror attack how would this mean -- good morning everybody it's our lead story this morning I'm Bill Hemmer walk in here to America's.
Then -- hammer and good morning everybody -- mark my counters so about five days after our consulate was attacked.
On September the eleventh we all remember that ambassador rice then went on all five Sunday shows.
And said that the killing of the ambassador in the three other Americans was actually the result.
I'm just a spontaneous -- sparking outrage those comments -- from top GOP lawmakers including.
These three senators McCain Graham and -- Don't we all have a responsibility before we go out and talked to the American people on all five.
More Sunday morning shows for verifying that those facts -- true the most basic information.
About what happened on the -- the attack.
And what survivors had to say.
After the attack is not being provided and will talk more about that.
So you wonder then whether -- -- -- give the answers they're looking for whether or not some of these questions will lead to even more questions.
-- sit down and about twenty minutes from now.
Kelly writes live in Washington -- Kelly is covering this -- this man.
What is the expectation.
From this meeting on the -- -- expectation bill was that they'll get down to the bottom of this least that's what they're going to try to do.
Because that's the most fundamental thing to these Republican.
Senators they want to find out exactly what Susan Rice.
Knew before during and after that attack.
She has emerged by the way as a front runner and possibly being nominated for secretary of state if so.
She will have to face these critics anyway in a confirmation hearings show their support will be vital and with this meeting she can face summit explain.
Why she described the attack on the US costs on Ben Ghazi this way let's give -- call.
What happened initially was it it was a spontaneous.
Reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo.
It as a consequence of the video.
And she never described it as a terror attack back then.
And that has outraged key Republicans who find her comments very troubling.
I don't think it was a matter of dishonesty it was a matter again of responsibility there was plenty of information out there which she has access to.
Which contradicted what she said well you that you that you have a if you're telling the American people speaking for the White House who's a White House -- sent her out.
You have responsibility to make sure that those facts or accurate.
So they're looking at the responsibility.
Component of this not so much -- -- because there were some allegations that perhaps she was trying to help the White House cover up something.
But now it's going to the core of what she knew and what she fundamentally wrong which it came out.
This is spontaneous.
Reaction that's supposed to describing -- a terror attack ambassador rice by the way -- meeting just a few minutes from now to answer these questions from Senator McCain and others who have problems with their statements.
And she will have the opportunity in this closed door session to.
Give her account the -- overcome any hurdles that might stated her way.
If she is nominated for secretary of state near you mention the White House to Kelly how is the White House responding and reacting to the criticism ambassador writes yeah you know while critics are tough -- ambassador rice white house Press Secretary Jay Carney made it very clear the White House firmly supports ambassador.
-- ambassador rice is done.
An excellent job at the United Nations and is highly qualified for any number of positions in the foreign policy arena.
-- -- And -- they were called very quickly here that during his first White House news conference after his reelection President Obama took exception to republic senators critical of rice saying quote.
If they want to come after anyone.
They should come after him -- and he says it will force to Kelly right thank you waiting --