Chaffetz Wants Answers from State Department on Deceptive Video Editing

Rep. Jason Chaffetz demands the State Department turn over documents to show how and why officials deleted an exchange about Iran from the official video of a 2013 press briefing.

Reports The Washington Post:

Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent Secretary of State John Kerry a letter Thursday night demanding paperwork within the next two weeks detailing who ordered the cutting of several minutes of the video, and information about why and when the order was given. The deleted portion features an exchange between Fox News reporter James Rosen questioning then-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki about whether the administration lied about secret talks with Iran.


The committee’s GOP leadership also requested documents relating “to any other requests to delete portions of daily press briefings” since the start of 2012, in case the Rosen-Psaki exchange is not the only instance State Department officials doctored a video.


It gave Kerry until June 16 at 5 p.m. to send relevant documents to the committee.


The letter did not insist that officials testify before Congress. But Chaffetz (R-Utah) recently tried to bring administration officials before the committee to address questions about whether the administration spun the Iran deal.