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Ayotte: Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Libya Attack


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released this statement regarding today's testimony by National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen that the attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack:

"Director Olsen's confirmation that the Libya attack was, indeed, a terrorist attack, directly contradicts Ambassador Rice's comments on Sunday. Today's testimony follows several days of mixed, conflicting information released by various Administration officials. I'm particularly troubled that the Obama Administration continues to categorize the attack solely as a reaction to a video, rather than an attack motivated by a radical, violent Islamist ideology that is threatened by freedom and democracy. That the administration insists on blaming it solely on an offensive video defies common sense."

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