05/15/2014 05:22 pm ET Updated May 16, 2014

Condoleezza Rice On Benghazi: 'There Are Still Unanswered Questions'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave her stamp of approval in an interview posted Thursday for House Republicans' new select committee on Benghazi.

"I think that there are still unanswered questions about Benghazi," Rice told OZY's Carlos Watson. "I think there are unanswered questions and they could be easily answered. But I think they need to be answered."

The committee, which is being chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), was created to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Democrats have still not decided to what extent they will participate in the committee.

Rice said it wasn't "a question of what the talking points said or didn’t say," referring to much-criticized comments made after the attacks by then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who now serves as national security adviser. Rice referenced her past dealings with sensitive intelligence leading up to the Iraq War, saying, "I know how murky intelligence can look at the moment, I've been myself a victim of some of that."

But she said the House was within its rights to investigate the Benghazi attacks further.

"When the House says that it wishes to investigate something, it has a right to do that," she said. "And so I think done in the right way with the right cooperation we can put this to rest and that's how I would handle it at this point."



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