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 ClintonNew York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group Beyoncé voices support for LGBTQ students after Trump transgender order Trump to address GOP donors in Florida: report 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 McCainNew York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group Hannity apologizes for sharing 'inaccurate' story about McCain McCain spokeswoman: Hannity should 'correct the record' after 'fake news' tweet MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamCNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham Club for Growth launches ad targeting GOP tax writer Dem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy 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.