Susan Rice is meeting with senators on Capitol Hill this week in an effort to address lawmakers’ concerns about her role in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The ambassador to the United Nations is sitting down with at least a half dozen senators from both parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to sources. She will be accompanied by acting-CIA director Michael Morell.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) told The Hill that she, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are having a joint meeting with Rice at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. And Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will meet with Rice on Wednesday.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is in line to take the top Republican spot on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year, said Rice’s office reached out to him a week or two ago. He’s expected to meet with her Wednesday.
“Typically we like to meet with folks after they’re nominated,” he told The Hill. “Usually you don’t sit down with people who may be nominated.”