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06/05/2013 10:59 am ET Updated Jun 05, 2013

Johnny Isakson, GOP Senator, Says Susan Rice 'Thrown Under The Bus' Over Benghazi

While some Republicans continued to criticize Susan Rice Wednesday over her now-infamous Sunday show appearances in the aftermath of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) came to her defense.

"A lot of people are raising concern because of Benghazi, but I have said from the beginning that I think she was thrown under the bus and given the information that she repeated on the Sunday shows," Isakson said on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." "She's a competent individual ... this is a nonconfirmable position, so she's going to be the security adviser."

Indeed, Republicans can do nothing to stop her appointment since it does not require Senate confirmation. That did not stop Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who choked up during a Benghazi hearing last month, from tweeting, "Judgement is key to national security matters. That alone should disqualify Susan Rice from her appointment. #benghazi #BadChoice." Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Fox News Wednesday that he "can't imagine" promoting Rice to the position. "I really question the president’s judgment in promoting someone who was complicit to misleading the American public," he said.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) tweeted a middle ground. "Obviously I disagree w/ POTUS appointment of Susan Rice as Nat'l Security Adviser, but I'll make every effort to work w/ her on imp't issues," McCain said.

Ayotte tweeted, "Amb Rice did a disservice to the nation when she made misleading stmts abt #Benghazi.However, its POTUS' call & I'll work with her going fwd."

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