White House Won’t Answer Why It Left Out Important Admission About Iran

Josh Earnest told a Fox News reporter that he would not review the May 9, 2016 transcript where Earnest wouldn't categorically deny administration officials had lied about the controversial nuclear deal.

By Dustin Siggins Published on June 8, 2016

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday  that he would not review the transcript of the May 9 press briefing that omitted his admission that administration officials may have lied about the Iran nuclear deal. This is the second known deletion related to the Iran deal, and the third known case of the administration relying on deceit to either sell or cover up aspects of the arrangement.

On May 9, according to the official White House transcript, Fox News’ Kevin Corke asked if Earnest could “state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal?” In the transcript, Earnest went directly into a defense of the deal. In video provided by ABC News, Earnest said, “No, Kevin” before defending the deal.

Earnest initially blamed the deletion on inaudible crosstalk. However, White House transcripts typically substitute “inaudible” when a question or answer can’t be heard.

Yesterday, Earnest attempted to avoid a follow-up question from Fox’s James Rosen about the deletion and what Earnest intended to do about it. After several exchanges, Rosen asked, “I guess the final question is, are you willing to review that video one more time, Josh, with an eye toward possibly amending it as it should be amended?”

“No,” Earnest said, before moving on to another reporter.

The tense back-and-forth came a week after the State Department admitted eight minutes were deleted from video of a 2013 briefing about meetings with Iranian officials.And it took place one month after Earnest brushed off a report that White House advisor Ben Rhodes had misled the public and the media on key components of the Iran deal, including when negotiations began.

The accusations against Rhodes came from a New York Times Magazine article that included substantial quotes from the senior aide boasting about his role in the Obama Administration deception.

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