Now that it has been confirmed by multiple Obama administration officials, on more than one occasion and in different settings, that they lied to the American people regarding the details of the Iran nuclear deal, Republican members of Congress are demanding answers and an investigation.
According to the Washington Examiner, California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter Friday to the inspector general of the State Department calling for an investigation into who ordered the alteration of the video archive of a press briefing from 2013.
At issue in that video was the mysterious disappearance of a segment in which then-spokeswoman Jen Psaki essentially admitted to Fox News reporter James Rosen that the administration lied at times to forward its diplomatic agenda.
It was first dismissed as nothing more than a glitch, though it has now been admitted that it was deliberately removed.
“In tampering with this video, the Bureau of Public Affairs has undermined its mission to ‘communicate timely and accurate information with the goal of furthering U.S. foreign policy,’” Royce wrote. “This is all the more troubling given that the video in question dealt with hugely consequential nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Royce demanded to know who issued the order, how it was possible that nobody at State seemed to know who that person was, and why the order would even have been issued in the first place.
“For instance, it remains unclear why the exchange between Ms. Psaki and reporters was stricken from the video recording,” wrote Royce. “How is it not possible to determine who in the administration ordered that the video be altered, as the current spokesman has asserted?”
“Will there be no accountability?” he asked. “Have there been other instances where the State Department has altered the public record?”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 3, 2016
Hopefully Royce’s plea for answers will not fall on deaf ears, and the State Department’s IG will do its due diligence to determine who ordered the video archive be erased of Psaki’s admission that the government lied to the American people because “there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress.”
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