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May 17, 2016

White House Invokes Executive Privilege To Keep Ben Rhodes From Answering Questions to the House About Misrepresenting Facts In the Iran Nuke Deal Sales Pitch

A scandal-free administration.

The background on this is a little convoluted: A House panel was probing the claims made in the Iran Nuke Deal, and apparently someone brought up Ben Rhodes' admitted deceptions. The White House snapped that the House ought to ask Tom Cotton, Republican Senator, about his own alleged deceptions.

Cotton basically said "Sure let's both go down there" but of course Ben Rhodes won't be going.

"Specifically, the appearance of a senior presidential adviser before Congress threatens the independence and autonomy of the president, as well as his ability to receive candid advice and counsel in the discharge of his constitutional duties," W. Neil Eggleston, the White House’s chief lawyer, wrote to the House Oversight Committee on Monday.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz was nonplussed.

"What is mystifying to me is how readily available he made himself to the media," the Utah Republican said Tuesday morning as he kicked off the hearing, which went ahead without Mr. Rhodes or Mr. Cotton, who Mr. Chaffetz said wasn't needed anymore after Mr. Rhodes refused.


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