Rep. Pete King calls for Ambassador Rice to resign; John Kerry defends, advises ‘deep breath’

Rep. Pete King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, today called for the resignation of U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. As Twitchy reported, Rice appeared on several Sunday talk shows on Sept. 16 to push the administration’s spin that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was “a spontaneous reaction to a video” — even as Libya’s president was saying the attack was “no doubt” premeditated.

“For her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this,” King told CNN.

Rice has found an ally, though, in Sen. John Kerry. In direct response to King, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued a statement in defense of Rice (and of Hillary Clinton), which reads in part:

I’m deeply disturbed by efforts to find the politics instead of finding the facts in this debate. Everyone who cares about the four fallen Americans in Benghazi would do well to take a deep breath about what happened and allow Secretary Clinton’s proactive, independent investigation to proceed. I’m particularly troubled by calls for Ambassador Rice’s resignation. She is a remarkable public servant for whom the liberation of the Libyan people has been a personal issue and a public mission. She’s an enormously capable person who has represented us at the United Nations with strength and character.

Did Kerry just say she represented us at the U.N. with strength and character? Is that another way of saying she ducked out of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in favor of lunch with Hillary?

While the political fight over Rice’s future plays out in D.C., Media Research Center president Brent Bozell offered another possible outcome to Sean Hannity.

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