usan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn her name from consideration to become the next Secretary of State, NBC News reports. Rice dropped out of the running due to Republican criticism that she misled the American public about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, initially claiming that the attack stemmed from a riot against an anti-Muslim video. "If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities," Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama. All the available evidence suggests that Rice was merely relaying talking points from intelligence agencies when she made her erroneous claim on national television, but Republicans have implied that she was part of a cover-up.
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