GOP Rep. Claims Benghazi Affair Has Left Susan Rice ‘Tainted’

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) today alleged that U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice has been “tainted” by the tragedy in Benghazi, preventing her from being qualified to become Secretary of State.

Duncan’s statement showcases that Republican members of the House of Representatives are not giving up yet on pillorying Rice for her role in the Obama administration’s response to the Sept. 11 assault in Libya that killed four American citizens. Duncan was the author of a letter, signed by over ninety House Republicans, urging President Obama to select anyone other than Rice to fill the role of Secretary of State in his second term.

On Fox and Friends this morning, Duncan stood by his denouncement of Rice when asked about her seeming willingness to answer questions related to her Sept. 16 statements explaining the administration’s knowledge of the attack at that time:

DUNCAN: Well, it comes down to her credibility now. Do we want someone as Secretary of State that is somehow tainted in this whole Benghazi issue. I don’t think so. I think the bigger question to ask is — you know, she should have known the information, should have all the talking points, the truth of the matter. The fact that she misled the American people, whether its intentional or unintentional, she is tainted in this issue.

Watch Duncan here:

Duncan would probably need to explain how Rice has been “tainted” from the Benghazi fallout seeing that every GOP attack on her as a result has been found to be false, misleading or baseless.

But while Rice is not the nominee yet, she is indicated to be the leading favorite for the job. Duncan and his cohorts ire would in no way affect a potential confirmation of Rice; only the Senate confirms the President’s nominees for Cabinet-level positions.

In the upper chamber, controlled by Democrats, cooler heads seem to be prevailing regarding the chance of a Rice nomination. Even Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of Rice’s harshest critics, has backed off from his attacks. Rice for her part has reached out to McCain, saying “I have great respect for Senator McCain and his service to our country. I always have, and I always will. I do think that some of the statements he’s made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.”