U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (Evaristo Sa/Getty Images)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (Evaristo Sa/Getty Images)

Emails released this week vindicate the former secretary of state hopeful. MSNBC's Morgan Whitaker, producer at the Rev. Al Sharpton's PoliticsNation, asks where the Republicans are who accused her of incompetence and worse.

Last fall Republicans launched a series of scathing attacks on Susan Rice as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations became the primary target in an attempt to smear the Obama administration in the wake of Benghazi. They accused her of purposely misleading the country on the nature of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during her appearances on the Sunday news shows. At times, the attacks turned personal.

Arizona Senator John McCain accused her of "not being very bright." New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte said Rice showed "incompetence" or was "blatantly misleading the American people." South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham claimed she was "so disconnected to reality, I don't trust her."

As supportive as the president remained of her throughout the process, the attacks eventually led Rice to withdraw her name from consideration for Secretary of State. And Republicans, still not satisfied, continued to tarnish her name.

But this week, she's been vindicated. The 94-pages of emails released by the White House show that Rice had nothing to do with crafting the talking points she read on September 16.


Read Morgan Whitaker's entire piece at MSNBC.com.

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