Saturday November 17, 2012 | 01:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, will appear on Sunday morning's edition of "Face the Nation" on CBS to discuss the militant attacks on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.

She will appear on CBS' Sunday news show with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Snowe serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is one of several congressional committees looking into the September attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Late this week, Snowe participated in several closed-door briefings on Benghazi with top officials, including former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus recently resigned his CIA post following revelations of an extramarital affair with his biographer.

The Obama administration’s response to and subsequent handling of the Benghazi attacks have become another contentious issue on Capitol Hill. McCain and several other Republicans have called for the formation of a special, Watergate-style “Select Committee” to investigate the matter.

McCain has also vowed to fight the possible nomination of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to the post of Secretary of State because of statements she made days after the attack suggesting they were linked to anger over an anti-Islamic video rather than terrorist attacks.

Snowe, who will retire in January, said recently that she was withholding judgment on whether a select committee would be necessary until after the Senate Intelligence Committee briefings.

“We need to get to the bottom and then I will make a decision as to whether or not we should have a Select Committee,” Snowe said in an interview with the Portland Press Herald prior to the briefings. “I will have the benefit of much more knowledge … to determine how best we should proceed as a nation.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has launched its own investigation of the Benghazi incident. Collins has said she does not believe a special committee is necessary.


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