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Cotton Demands Accountability at State Department for Iran Video Edits

June 2, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353 

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the State Department's edits to a 2013 video of a press briefing on Iran:

"The State Department has peddled three untruths to the American people: the false story that Iran deal talks were sparked by the election of moderates in Iran who actually never existed, the deletion of video footage showing the Department's admission of that falsehood, and the now discredited claim that the deletion of the footage was merely "a glitch" rather than an intentional manipulation. This whole outrageous episode demonstrates how the Iran deal has been sold to Americans through a parade of misleading "narratives," echo chambers, and outright falsehoods. The Administration must start dealing in the truth. One place to start is to identify the official who ordered the manipulation of the video and impose appropriate discipline."