The first choice was Secretary of State Clinton (too busy), 2nd choice was National Security adviser Tom Donilon (he declined), 3rd choice was Amb. Susan Rice, who accepted the job of lying to the American people about what happened in Benghazi on 5 different Sunday Shows.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the White House's first choice to go on Sunday political talk shows in the immediate aftermath of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to testimony revealed by House Select Committee on Benghazi. But her office passed on the opportunity.
Ultimately the job fell to then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who gave a widely panned performance that helped prevent her from succeeding Clinton as secretary of State. “I recall reaching out to Secretary Clinton first,” WH Deputy Nat. Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told the GOP-led committee, according to the report it released this week. “I don’t remember hearing back.”
Officials within Clinton’s office at the State Dept said that the then-secretary was too busy responding to the recent violence to consider appearing on TV.
“Candidly, the secretary was so focused on what had happened to our team and what was happening in the region that I don't know that there was a moment's thought about it,” chief of staff Cheryl Mills told the committee.
After Clinton, Rhodes said he turned to then-National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. But Donilon declined, and Rice ultimately accepted the assignment.
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