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 ClintonTrump notes 'election meddling by Russia' in tweet criticizing Obama Former Obama advisor calls Fox ‘state sanctioned media’ Biden rips Senate GOP healthcare bill, says it 'isn't about healthcare' 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 McCainFrustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Judiciary Committee to continue Russia probe after Mueller meeting 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.