Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that Congress has called on the White House to explain who created the early "talking points" following the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi and why the CIA's early findings regarding terrorist involvement were initially omitted.
The early talking points, which asserted incorrectly that the assault on the U.S. presence in Libya was merely part of an anti-Islam film protest that unexpectedly turned violent, were used by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in the days following the Sept. 11 attack.
Testifying before Congress last week, former CIA Director David Petraeus and other agency officials said that there had never been any confusion over whether the assault on the diplomatic mission was a terrorist attack: It was, he said.
During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Feinstein said she didn't think the administration had sought to bury the terrorism link for political purposes, but added that she wasn't sure why the attack was incorrectly characterized initially. The administration has been asked to look into it, she said.
Meanwhile, the vice chairman of the committee told “Fox News Sunday” that he thinks Rice should testify before Congress.
“She’s going to have to come in and testify at some point, whether it’s in a closed hearing or an open hearing,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R-Ga.) said. Chambliss will discuss Rice's potential appearance with Feinstein, he said during the interview.