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Chairman of House Oversight Committee: Kerry should answer for Iran video edit

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US Rep.Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Chairman of the House Oversight Committee
US Rep.Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Chairman of the House Oversight Committee

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Monday said he plans to invite Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before the House Oversight Committee on the editing of a video for a 2013 press briefing dealing with the Iran nuclear deal. 
"He should come testify before Congress and the Oversight committee and try to explain this," Chaffetz said during an interview on Fox News's "Fox and Friends," indicating he would invite Kerry later on Monday.
"We've got a bunch of questions about Iran because we don't know the details of what happened there," Chaffetz said, accusing the Obama administration of "whitewashing" the public record.
"It's becoming more than just a coincidence, I think it's now a pattern," he said. 
Kerry last Friday said that whoever called for eight minutes of a State Department video posted online to be edited out was being "stupid and clumsy and inappropriate."
The State Department has faced scrutiny over the editing of a 2013 press briefing, which showed a spokeswoman suggesting the Iran nuclear negotiations started earlier than disclosed.
Kerry said he intends to find out who was responsible, saying he doesn't want someone who would call for such a removal of video to be working for him, according to The Associated Press.
The State Department said last week that the person who made the edit didn't remember who requested it.
Chaffetz last week requested Kerry hand over all documents and communications related to the deleted video. The State Department admitted the video was intentionally edited after previously attributing the missing video to a technical glitch.
"There's a lot of questions about the Iranian deal that now need to be answered," Chaffetz said Monday. "I've got to believe that truth is going to surface."
Interest in the start of the Iran nuclear deal negotiations saw renewed interest last month after a controversial New York Times Magazine profile of a White House aide who claimed he created an "echo chamber" to sell the nuclear deal.
"It started with Ben Rhodes, who admitted that basically they had snookered the American people into believing that this Iranian deal was what it was supposed to be," Chaffetz said Monday.
Source: Hill, June 06, 2016

 

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