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Susan Rice defends Benghazi comments

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National Security Adviser Susan Rice said she has no regrets about her actions following the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, as she defended her initial response to the incident as having worked with the best information available at the time.

Rice, appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," was referring to comments she made on that same program in September 2012, in which she said the attack that killed ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others was "spontaneous." That, however, turned out to be false, as federal and Congressional investigations later determined it was the result of a planned terrorist attack.

"The information I provided, which I explained to you, was what we had at the moment, it could change. I commented that this was based on what we knew on that morning, was provided to me and my colleagues and indeed to Congress by the intelligence community, and that's been well validated in many different ways since," she said. "And that information turned out to be, in some respects, not 100 percent correct."

Republicans have hit the Obama administration for its handling of the Benghazi incident, as some have accused the White House of covering up information.

But Rice, who has been critical of Republicans' tactics on Benghazi, said allegations that the administration misled the public are untrue.

"The notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false, and I think that that's been amply demonstrated," Rice said, later adding that the administration "will get the perpetrators" of the attack.

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