Cover-up: Exposing the State Department's Bogus Excuses Over Admitted Lies
See video 'State Dept Now Says Part of Briefing W...' here: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2016/06/06/video-state-department-doesnt-want-answers-in-video-doctoring-scandal-n2173894?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=
During the segment, I posed two questions: (1) How many other furtive video deletions have taken place over the course of the last seven-plus years? They happened to get caught in this case because a sharp reporter happened to recall a years-old Q&A session that was suddenly relevant again, in light of new developments. Has the administration airbrushed history elsewhere? (2) Who ordered the deletion? It is risible and insulting that State's internal "investigation" was declared over almost immediately. Their explanation amounts to, well, we've asked some questions, and this happened a few years back, so we're just going to drop it at this point -- but don't worry, it won't happen again.
As CNN's Jake Tapper said in his unsparing fact-check on this matter, that's just not good enough.
House Republicans agree, Politico reports:
House Republicans are launching an investigation into who at the State Department is responsible for editing out an exchange between its top spokeswoman and a journalist who was pressing for details on the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, demanding documents that could shed light into who ordered the deletion of the Iran discussion..."This admission proves once again that the White House intentionally misled the American people about the Iran deal,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said this week. “If they truly care about transparency, the administration should investigate who requested this selective editing and why.”Perhaps we'll finally get some semblance of the full truth several years from now. A few refreshers, in context: The unpopular Iran deal entailed major concessions, allowing the anti-American regime to maintain a vast and advancing nuclear infrastructure until western-imposed restrictions automatically expire in the next decade-and-a-half. The international inspections regime contains several large loopholes, and Tehran insists that inspectors will not be granted unfettered access to military sites. Iran has recently test-fired three banned long-range missiles (which can act as delivery systems for nuclear warheads), and was just re-affirmed as the top state sponsor of terrorism in the world. President Obama has admitted that the regime is not living up to "the spirit" of the deal, and his previous prediction that some unfrozen sanctions relief funds would be used to finance terror has been proven correct. The president has also effectively conceded that as this agreement expires, Iran could almost immediately become a threshold nuclear-armed state. Smart power.