President Obama took to Twitter yesterday — personally — to answer a question on the Iran deal from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Here’s the exchange:
Oh really? That’s not what we’re reading. As in, President Obama’s top negotiator has no idea what’s in them:
From The Hill:
The only Obama administration official to view confidential “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) admitted Wednesday she and her team have only seen rough drafts.
“I didn’t see the final documents. I saw the provisional documents, as did my experts,” said Wendy Sherman, a lead U.S. negotiator for the deal, at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.
Sherman, undersecretary of State for political affairs, said she was only allowed to see the confidential deals “in the middle of the negotiation” when the IAEA “wanted to go over with some of our experts the technical details.”
She maintained the deals — which focus on with Iran’s prior work on a bomb and access to Iran’s Parchin military site — are still confidential and can’t be submitted to Congress.
And we’ve reported before on the administration’s use of “Clintonian” spin to say there are no “secret side deals” when in fact, that’s exactly what they are:
Confidential, secret … use whatever word you want. The “important detail” is that the confidential/secret side deals between Iran and the IAEA that cover Iran’s military nuclear program will not be shown to Congress or the Obama administration. And now we’re finding out that the only person in the administration to potentially see what’s in those side deals was never allowed to see the final drafts. Wonderful.
Spin it anyway you want to, Mr. President, but the secret side deal issue isn’t going away.