Obama Defends UN Ambassador And Petraeus In News Briefing

Law360, New York (November 14, 2012, 8:27 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama defended ousted CIA director David Petraeus and embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in a Wednesday news briefing, saying there was no evidence Petraeus' extramartial affair has impacted national security, and that Republican attacks on Rice would not block her potential nomination for secretary of state.

Both Petraeus and Rice have become targets for Republicans investigating the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., have accused Rice of sticking...
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