White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday that Republicans owed UN Ambassador Susan Rice “an apology” for accusing her of intentionally misleading the nation over the nature of the Benghazi Consulate attack.
“I think that many of the Republicans who had been talking about this, now that they’ve seen the emails, owe Ambassador Rice an apology for the things they’ve said about her in the wake of the attack,” said Pfeiffer on ABC’s “This Week.”
“For accusing her of misleading the country, for saying that she didn’t - that somehow she was involved in some sort of political whitewash of what happened there,” he said.
GOP lawmakers probing the administration’s handling of the deadly September attack had questioned if the White House sought to downplay the terrorist nature of the assault ahead of last year’s election.
Rice had incorrectly attributed the attack to a spontaneous mob in the days after, but the White House later acknowledged it had been a planned terrorist attack.
Despite claims from the administration that the initial talking points were based on then current intelligence, many Republicans questioned if they had been altered to mislead the public.
Last week, the White House released more than 100 pages of inter-agency emails to defend its argument that it had not sought to downplay the terrorist attack.
Pfeiffer on Sunday said the emails had vindicated Rice’s reputation.
“What – she said was what the intelligence community believed at the time. And when we got further information, we told the American people what that was. That’s how people know what happened here,” said Pfeiffer.