With UN Ambassador Susan Rice pulling her name out of consideration due to her role in the post-Benghazi narrative, it comes as no surprise that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) will get the nod to replace Hillary Clinton at the State Department:
President Obama has decided to nominateSen. John Kerry to be the next secretary of state and could make a formal announcement as early as next week, a Democrat who spoke to Kerry told CNN Saturday.
The expected nomination follows U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name from consideration for the post. She dropped out of the running Thursday after weeks of criticism from Republicans about statements she made about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
If confirmed by the Senate, Kerry would replace current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who plans to leave her post within the administration.
Kerry, who has served in the Senate since 1985 and was the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004, has chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations since 2009. He’s expected to sail through the confirmation process with the support of key Republicans, including Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Hillary Clinton, who will step aside in the coming months, made news on Saturday after she received a concussion after a fainting at home. The spell was brought on by a stomach-related illness. It was reported over the weekend that Clinton would not testify in today’s hearings over the Benghazi terrorist attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.