James O’Keefe’s investigative group Project Veritas Action released a series of undercover videos starting Monday, Oct. 17, exposing the underhanded dealings of Democratic consultant Robert Creamer and now former Americans United for Change (AUFC) field director Scott Foval, both of whom admitted to working with the DNC and by proxy, the Clinton campaign.
The most significant finding of the investigation, which disguised journalists as prospective political donors, was that a coordinated operation existed between the DNC and subsidiary advocacy groups to hire and train people to attend Donald Trump’s campaign rallies for the purpose of starting arguments and even physical altercations.
Foval explicitly admitted to participating in a process called “bird dogging”, where hired protesters are instructed on how to initiate conflict with Trump supporters “by having leading conversations with people who are naturally psychotic.”
One Aaron “Black” Minter, employee at Creamer’s liberal advocacy group Democracy Partners, said the infamous Trump rally that was shutdown in March on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, “was us.” Minter told one undercover journalist that he is “in there coordinating with all the groups on the ground and sort of playing field general”.
Another Creamer associate and Democratic activist, Zulema Rodriguez, said she and Creamer “did the Chicago Trump event. . . . We also did the Arizona one where we shut the highway down.” FEC records show Rodriguez has received over $20,000 in consulting fees and reimbursements from Clinton allied super PACs and the DNC.
Foval later explained in detail how bird dogging works and how a widely publicized incident in Asheville, N.C., where Trump protester Shirley Tweeter, who claimed she was punched by a rally-goer, “was one of our activists.”
“You put people in the line at the front . . . of the rally, so that when Trump comes down the rope line they’re the ones asking him the question in front of the reporters,” Foval said. “To funnel that kind of operation, you have to start back with people two weeks ahead of time and train them how to ask questions.”
“We have mentally ill people that we pay to do s—, make no mistake,” he continued. “Over the last 20 years. I’ve paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff. . . . When I need to get something done in Arkansas, the first guy I call is the head of the AFL-CIO down there . . . And I will say, I need a guy who will do this, this and this.”
While Foval has no direct ties to the Clinton campaign, the political fixer explained how the system works: “The campaign pays DNC, DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group, the Foval Group goes and executes the s— on the ground.”
Internal emails published by WikiLeaks also show Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook referenced the bird dogging strategy to ensure Hispanic voter turnout.
One of the undercover operatives also pitched a massive voter fraud scheme to Foval, which he said could be pulled off in three Midwestern states, “if you had enough money”.
“It’s one thing if all these people drive up in their personal cars,” he said, talking about the logistics of the plan. “If there’s a bus involved? That changes the dynamic. . . . It’s the legality, because you can prove conspiracy if there’s a bus.”
The final finding of the investigation was revealed Wednesday, after the undercover donor, at Creamer’s direction, gave AUFC $20,000 from a bank account set-up by Project Veritas in Belize. When AUFC president Brad Woodhouse caught wind of the operation on Oct. 20, the money was promptly returned.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Creamer announced he was “stepping back” from the Clinton campaign and the DNC and admitted he had been “fully integrated” with the former.
Scott Foval, who directed AUFC’s on-the-ground operations in the Midwest, was released from his contract last week. In an email to AP, the disgraced consultant claims he was the victim of entrapment and that O’Keefe’s “scheme to caste legitimate organizing activities as a sinister plot is nothing but a ruse.”
Watch Foval tell Project Veritas about how his group organizes anti-Trump protesters below.
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