Washington, DC, United States (4E) – About a hundred GOP members from the House of Representatives urged President Barack Obama to reconsider his plans to nominate U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as the new secretary of state.
In a one-page letter to the president on Monday, the 97 House GOP members said that Rice had irreparable damage to her credibility following what some considered misleading statements after the U.S. consulate attack in Libya.
The letter also labelled Rice as a someone who propagated falsehood when she said that the attack was a result from a spontaneous response to a video mocking the Prophet Mohammed produced by an American filmmaker. The Obama administration later admitted that terrorism may have played a role in the incident.
Five days after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, Rice went on several television interviews saying that it was sparked by the outrage over the video. National Counterterrorism Director Matthew Olsen later said that Al Qaeda may have a hand in the incident, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
The Senate would confirm Rice’s nomination should Obama decide to nominate her for the position currently held by Hillary Clinton. A number of Republican senators have also criticized Rice for her comments.