White House cites executive privilege, keeps Obama adviser from testifying about Iran nuclear deal

Deputy National Security Adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes stands at right as President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk leave the stage after making statements to reporters in Warsaw on June 3, 2014. (Associated Press)

Deputy National Security Adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes stands at right as President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk leave the stage after making statements to reporters in Warsaw on June 3, 2014. (Associated Press)

After congressional Republicans called his bluff, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser refused Tuesday to testify to Congress about whether he misled the public in pushing the Iran nuclear deal, claiming executive privilege. Ben Rhodes, a speechwriter who has become a top foreign policy adviser for Mr. Obama, landed in hot water after an interview with…

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