A federal judge has ordered the government to turn over an email in which current White House press secretary Jen Psaki admits to dishonesty with media over details of the Iran nuclear deal while it was being negotiated during the Obama Administration.
The order is in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Center for Law and Justice claiming the State Department deleted an awkward admission by Psaki during a press briefing in 2013 when she was the agency’s spokesperson that the White House lied to Americans about the Iran talks.
The court decision hones in on an email from Psaki which the ACLJ says amounts to evidence she lied during the briefing.
The legal watchdog said on its website that it filed its Freedom of Information Act Request more than five years ago.
During an exchange regarding the Obama administration’s behind-the-scenes talks with Iran, Psaki was asked, “Is it the policy of the State Department, where the preservation or the secrecy of secret negotiations is concerned, to lie in order to achieve that goal?”
“I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” Psaki said in response.
The ACLJ said that admission is tantamount to deceiving the public.
“Despite attempts by the Deep State to try and sweep this one under the rug, the court agreed with our arguments and ordered the Biden State Department to hand over a crucial document for ‘in camera’ review by the judge himself,” the legal group argued.
The organization also said that, at the time, it caught the Obama administration “censoring an official State Department press briefing video to delete an embarrassing admission that the admission lied about its Iran deal negotiations.”
The administration “intentionally manipulated the public video record” by scrubbing the admission from the public record.
Initially, the Obama administration claimed that the omission was the result of a “glitch” but later said that was intentional.
The ACLJ argued that Psaki’s email at the time is germane to the issue at hand.
But, “in typical Deep State fashion, the chain of emails has been so heavily redacted that it is hard to make heads or tails of the conversation, except that the Iran discussion is specifically referenced,” the organization said.
The group noted that Psaki “essentially admitted she feels it is justifiable to withhold the truth from the American people – otherwise known as lying – at her own discretion,” adding: “It’s rather alarming that Ms. Psaki has authorized herself to determine when she should and should not tell the truth, considering that she now speaks for the White House and President Biden.”
The legal group went on to argue that the Obama White House “engaged in closed-door negotiations with Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world, long before the public knew. And then they tried to obscure the facts to cover it up. They lied to the American people about the most critical and controversial diplomatic negotiations in decades.”
The ACLJ also said that Americans have a right to know who else may have been involved in an alleged cover-up.
“By law we have a right to know if our leader was conducting clandestine meetings with the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism,” the group said.
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