Amidst a flurry of hot-button, polarizing news stories, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites Jake Tapper to share his professional perspective and industry insight on everything from Benghazi and Barack Obama, to David Petraeus and the FBI
Joining Piers Morgan for a face to face, primetime interview, ABC News' senior White House correspondent offers his opinion on news stemming from an afternoon press conference at the White House, during which the president defended the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
As various Republican Senators – including John McCain and Lindsey Graham – have criticized Susan Rice for her role in disseminating information following the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Morgan asked his guest to add some context:
"Do you believe that Ambassador Rice is at fault, or is she – as Barack Obama said today – she was only passing along intelligence, she was not a key player in all this?"
"I was substituting for George Stephanopoulos that Sunday, as host of "This Week," and we were trying to get Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. All the shows were trying to get Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to talk about Benghazi," explains the print and television journalist. "For whatever reason, she didn't go out. They put out Dr. Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador. It's very interesting that today President Obama says Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, then I don't know what she was doing on the show."
As Rice is seemingly on the short list to replace Clinton in a Secretary of State capacity, Tapper suspects that her television appearances and statements following the attacks were merely an example of her following orders, as opposed to her intentionally and independently deceiving the American public:
"She, I think, was a good soldier. She did what the administration told her to do. She read the talking points," Tapper says. "I think that she was repeating the intelligence, and what the White House told her to say."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Tapper goes on to detail a conversation he had with an administration official three days following the attacks, during which he concluded "it seems like I had better intelligence and sources in the government, then the people in the White House did."
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