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 KerryRon Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director as part of Russia origins probe The Memo: Biden faces balancing act Budowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP 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. 


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 ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records 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 RyanTrump slams 'rogue' Sasse after criticism of executive actions Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey MORE (R-Wis.) called for an investigation, and Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump China sanctioning Rubio, Cruz in retaliatory move over Hong Kong The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead MORE (R-Ark.) demanded the State Department identify the official responsible for the deletion.