NBC News has confirmed that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will replace Tom Donilon as National Security Adviser. While not completely unexpected, the move could be controversial. Rice became a GOP target after her Sunday show appearances delivering talking points about the attacks on the Benghazi consulate on September 11th, 2012.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, tweeted, “Judgement is key to national security matters. That alone should disqualify Susan Rice from her appointment.”
But, Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, called Rice a “competent individual” who will be the security adviser because the position does not require Senate confirmation.
“A lot of people are raising concern because of Benghazi, but I have said from the beginning that I think she was thrown under the bus and given the information that she repeated on the Sunday shows,” Isakson said on Jansing & Co.
However, Isakson was more critical of another member of the administration, Attorney General Eric Holder, and stood by his remarks that the worst vote he ever cast in the Senate was to confirm Holder to his current post.
“I’m disappointed in the vote that I cast,” Isakson said, “I made a vote for him to be confirmed as Attorney General, but everything that’s happened since then, fast and furious, the voter intimidation—”
Chris Jansing interrupted, “Well, if I can let me just stop you right there—the Inspector General exonerated him in fast and furious.”
Isakson continued, “He didn’t even attend Mr. Terry’s funeral, the agent that was killed by the weapons that were going into Mexico. The Philadelphia voter intimidation issue. The issue we’ve had with him lately.”
Holder is currently under fire for his handling of national security leaks. Republicans have suggested Holder may have committed perjury in his testimony and Isakson is among the Republcans calling for him to resign.