Susan Rice, who briefed the American people on the terrorist attack in Benghazi by falsely claiming on five Sunday news shows that it was the result of a spontaneous demonstration attributable to a YouTube video, will brief Congress on Syria on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of Benghazi.
House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., disclosed the planned testimony Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” near the end of his interview with host Bob Schieffer, according to the CBS video.
“Think about this. This tells you about the [administration’s] relationship with Congress — it’s not great,” Rogers said. “They’re sending up Susan Rice to brief Congress on the year anniversary of Benghazi.”
At a time when the White House is “trying to win votes,” Rogers was flabbergasted.
“The credibility gap there is huge,” he said.
When Rice made the administration’s pitch to the American people with her round of Sunday talk show appearances, she served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Republican leaders almost immediately called Rice’s talking points illogical. In an attempt to clarify the events surrounding Benghazi, she met privately in late November with GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, The Hill reported. It only made matters worse.
“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning some of the evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate,” McCain said.
Both Graham and Ayotte gave similar statements.
Much later, a series of emails from the White House, the Department of State and Central Intelligence Agency sent in the days immediately following the Benghazi attack revealed the truth. Administration officials knew from the beginning that Benghazi was not the spontaneous demonstration Rice insisted it was.
Benghazi was a well-planned and executed terrorist attack led by Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaida-affiliated militia.
Five days after the Libya attack that led to the deaths of four good men, Rice went on national TV and did one of two things. She either knowingly lied to the American people, or she recited a script that was given her and didn’t know enough to question its details.
Either scenario makes her ill-equipped to serve as national security advisor, yet it is in that role that she’ll be making the case for the administration’s desire to launch a limited military incursion into Syria — on the anniversary of Benghazi.
Watch the Rogers’ interview, courtesy of CBS News.