Senate confirms State Department official involved in Benghazi talking points

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Victoria Nuland, the top spokeswoman for the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE's, was confirmed by voice vote and without debate to be the new assistant secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia. Her nomination was briefly in peril after it was revealed that she urged removing references to past threats to the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in order to shield the State Department from criticism. 

Powerful Republicans, including Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House MORE (R-S.C.), however, rushed to her defense, and she easily cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They said Nuland was an accomplished diplomat who has served as principal deputy foreign policy adviser to then-Vice President Cheney and U.S. ambassador to NATO under former President George W. Bush.