The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will have to testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which killed four Americans in September.
“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 on “Fox News Sunday.”
Rice has been harshly rebuked by Republican senators for initially saying that the assault at the U.S. mission in Libya was part of an anti-Islam film protest. The attack was later determined to be a terrorist attack.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers on Friday that there had never been any confusion over whether the assault on the mission was a terrorist attack. "He's always been very straightforward," said Chambliss of Petraeus during the Fox show on Sunday. "He was straightforward on Friday."
While Chambliss said he would have to discuss any potential appearance from Rice with the panel's chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), he stood firm in his assertion that Rice needs to come and speak before Congress.
"I think she's agreed to come testify, and she needs to," he said.