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November 15th, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Rep. Heck: Condoleeza and Susan Rice both had wrong information

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that both former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Ambassador Susan Rice had wrong information when handling the claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, respectively.

O’Brien asks, “You’ve lost me completely. Let’s back up again. I’m sorry. Forgive me. But you’ve lost me. So in both cases, you have someone who says, we had intelligence, the intelligence was wrong, what I said was wrong because the intelligence was wrong. How is this not analogous to Ambassador Susan Rice and Condoleeza Rice?”

Rep. Heck says, "Because nobody came out and said Condoleeza Rice had nothing to do with the situation. Here’s the difference. Is that they put forward really a sacrificial lamb in Ambassador Rice. Somebody who’d go out, make statements and then they could claim deniability after the information was proven to be wrong.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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  1. One World

    Such beautiful, simple clarity. Finally someone calls out a Republican out for their obvious BS.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Hunter

    We did not have "wrong" information. We had incomplete information. We were told by the President and the Secretary of State that they were investigating the situation. The adminstration also announced on September 13-14, 2012 that ithey believed the attack was planned days or more ahead of the actual incident. Admitted I read this story on BBC online but I imagine the same announcement was available on September 13-14 to the American news agencies. I know there are some in Congress who can be a little bit confused about definitioins–But 'investigating' means"we don't have all the facts, but we will have them'. Planned ahead would indicate to most hearing it that the film had nothing to do with it, or that the protest was used as a cover for the attack.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ruby jubb

    I really enjoy soledad o'brien 's new show. She is very good.! More interviewers should be like her and ask probing questions. Not just accept whatever the say. Anderson cooper is pretty good but not as good as soledad.. I only watch c n n for those two!! R.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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