Washington, D.C.— Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte met with Ambassador Susan Rice on Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill in a secure briefing room to discuss the Benghazi attack. Michael Morrell, the acting CIA director, was at the meeting, as were select national-security staffers. The meeting lasted for 70 minutes, according to sources, and the tone was civil but quite chilly.
“Things got really tense when Rice wouldn’t fully answer questions,” says a top Senate staffer.
All three Republican senators questioned Rice about her role in the administration’s response and left the meeting unsatisfied with her answers. “Clearly the information given to the American people was wrong, and Ambassador Rice said today it was wrong,” Ayotte told reporters, according to BuzzFeed. “We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get,” McCain said.
“The concerns I have are greater today than they were before,” Graham added.
Rice will meet with Senator Joe Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, later today.