Kerry: Editing State Department video was 'stupid,' 'inappropriate'

Kerry: Editing State Department video was 'stupid,' 'inappropriate'
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Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryGet ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks Will Democrats realize that Americans are tired of war? The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE said Friday that whoever called for deleting several minutes of video from a December 2013 press briefing was being “stupid and clumsy and inappropriate.”

Kerry said he intends to find out who was responsible, adding that he didn't want someone like that working for him, according to The Associated Press. 

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Kerry made the comments while in Paris for discussions to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.  

Jen Psaki, the White House communications director who was State Department press secretary at the time, on Friday called it "a stunning case of poor judgment." 

"This is a stunning case of poor judgment, whether that was incompetence or lack of experience, or both," Psaki said during an appearance on CNN's "Wolf." 

In the deleted portion of the video, Psaki was asked whether her predecessor lied when she said secret bilateral talks with Iran had not yet begun, when later U.S. officials said they were already ongoing at that point. 

Psaki did not confirm when the talks started, but said, "I think there are times when diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress." 

State officials have said someone within the agency's Public Affairs Bureau had told someone else in the bureau to call a video technician to make the edit, but that whoever made the original request is unknown. 

Kerry's criticism comes as Republican calls for investigating the incident are mounting. 

On Friday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) called for the State Department's inspector general to probe the incident. 

On Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTucker Carlson: Ruling class cares more about foreigners than their own people Fox's Kennedy chides Chaffetz on child migrants: 'I’m sure these mini rapists all have bombs strapped to their chests' After FBI cleared by IG report, GOP must reform itself MORE (R-Utah) requested Kerry to hand over all documents and communications related to the deletion of the video.  

Earlier Thursday, House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.) called for an investigation, and Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R-Ark.) demanded the State Department identify the official responsible for the deletion.