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 Rodham ClintonBlues Traveler’s John Popper: I voted ‘none of these clowns’ for president Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids Hannity: I won't discuss Seth Rich story for now 'out of respect for the family' 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 McCainMcCain decries 'media frenzy' around Capitol Manchester attack will change focus of Trump’s NATO meeting Republicans give Trump's budget the cold shoulder MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamManchester attack will change focus of Trump’s NATO meeting Dem rep: If you believe in math, you can't believe in Trump's budget Overnight Finance: Inside Trump's first budget | 66 programs on the chopping block | Hearing highlights border tax divide | Labor to implement investment adviser rule 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.