By Julian Pecquet - 12/10/12 10:26 PM EST
The administration has come under intensifying criticism for trying to shield its ally Rwanda from U.N. investigations linking the country to a rebel group, known as M23, that has taken over eastern parts of the country. The administration has already cut about $200,000 in military funding for the group in response to the reports, but the groups want to see all military and other non-humanitarian aid suspended.
The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carries added political significance on Capitol Hill because Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations whose potential nomination to be secretary of State has come under attack by Republicans, is seen as a close ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Rice's role during the 1994 Rwanda genocide, when she was the top Africa expert at the State Department during former President Clinton's administration and opted not to intervene, has also come under fire.