Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican from New Hampshire and one of the most outspoken critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements following the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last September, told Andrea Mitchell Reports Thursday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s combined five hours of testimony Wednesday in the Senate and House still left some of her questions unanswered.
“I still think that there are some outstanding questions…I did have some questions following it,” she said.
Ayotte called into question Clinton’s description of herself as “clear-eyed” about the dangers and threats in Benghazi.
“It really didn’t make sense to me that the request, for example, that August 16th cable where Ambassador Stevens had said that the consulate could not withstand a coordinated attack, it seems like there needs to be a trip-wire that making sure that requests for security, particularly where we come out of a war zone in Libya, go up the chain of command. That did not happen here. And I think that’s very important. To be clear-eyed, I would think that you would want to be more focused on the actual security requests.”