U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee and member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement upon learning Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn as a candidate for Secretary of State:
"Ambassador Rice's decision to remove her name from being considered for Secretary of State is best for the country," said Inhofe. "Her involvement in misleading the public on the Benghazi attacks was deeply troubling, and I continue to believe that this was a highly coordinated effort to cover up for the lack of requested security necessary to prevent this tragedy resulting in the deaths of four American public servants. I do, however, appreciate Ambassador Rice for maintaining our strong national security ties to important African nations like Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda.
"I remain focused on helping the public get answers to what happened at our Benghazi consulate and see justice served for the four American lives lost. My hope is the official nominee for Secretary of State will see the importance of thoroughly investigating this attack and strengthening our national security so this doesn't happen again."