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 ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election 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 McCainGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore GOP strategist: 'There needs to be a repudiation' of Roy Moore by Republicans World leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump's call for DOJ to probe Democrats 'not normal' 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.