Transcript: Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s remarks after meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Acting CIA Director Michael Morell on Benghazi

Transcribed & edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s (R-N.H.) remarks after meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Acting CIA Director Michael Morell on Nov. 27, 2012: 

I want to say that I’m more troubled today knowing having met with the Acting Director of the CIA and Ambassador Rice because it’s certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to Al Qaeda were involved on the attack in the Embassy. And clearly the information that was given, the information given to the American people, was wrong.

In fact, Ambassador Rice said today absolutely it was wrong. I don’t understand the CIA said clearly that that information was wrong, and they knew by the 22nd that it was wrong. Yet, they have not cleared that up with the American people to date in coming forward and say that they were wrong, including the President of the United States having parroted also – talked about the fact that this was a reaction to a video – the attacks in Benghazi.

And what troubles me also is that, you know, obviously the changes made to the unclassified talking points were misleading.

But just to be clear, when you have a position when you’re Ambassador to the United Nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparations, responsibilities for that job. And that’s troubling to me as well why she wouldn’t have asked, “I’m the person that doesn’t know anything about this and I’m going on every single show.”

But in addition, the fact that it’s not just the talking points that were unclassified but clearly as part of her responsibility as an Ambassador to the United Nations, she reviewed much more than that.

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