Every time Americans turn around, they find Donald Trump has dipped his hand into something dirty. This time he has been caught donating to a highly questionable group.
Things began to surface when a woman tried to convince a Washington Post reporter that the alleged pedophile and Senate candidate, Roy Moore, impregnated her when she was just 15-years-old, and he forced her to have an abortion. The woman’s purpose was to catch the newspaper off-guard and debunk its original reporting on Moore.
This woman was an undercover plant by the Project Veritas.
David Fahrenthold is a Washington Post reporter. He writes about Trump’s businesses and conflicts of interest:
What we did not know until now is that Donald Trump donated money to Project Veritas just a month before he announced that he was running for president in 2015. Trump’s charity, the Trump Foundation, donated $10,000 to the group.
That donation helped filmmaker and right-wing activist James O’Keefe produce a video about his opponent, Hillary Clinton. He created a video that claimed she paid her supporters $1,500 to act out violently at Trump rallies. That video came out just weeks before the 2016 election.
Suspiciously, Trump talked about the videos during one of the presidential debates. He conveniently forgot to mention his donation. According to Newsweek, Trump said:
‘They hired people. They paid them $1,500, and they’re on tape saying be violent, cause fights, do bad things.’
The Post wrote that Project Veritas creates fake news by using sting operations and:
‘Deceptive tactics and secretly recorded conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.’
Project Veritas is a disreputable right-wing group of people that try to capture liberal groups with highly-edited videos. It gained attention for trying to attack Planned Parenthood.
O’Keefe was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2010 because he used a fake identity to gain entry into a federal building during another sting.
Last week, the Post found itself at the center of one of O’Keefe’s latest stings when Jaimie Phillips approached the newspaper with her fake Roy Moore story. The Washington Post reporter saw that there was something off about the woman. Phillips tried to get the reporter to give an opinion and promise the article would wreck Moore’s chance to win his election.
Researchers and reporters doing their due diligence tracked the woman down to Project Veritas and even saw her enter the organization’s office.
The Post decided against publishing the article about the woman due to her unsubstantiated claims and inconsistencies. Instead, the newspaper wrote:
‘A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.’
Aaron Davis writes for the Post and was one of the article’s writers. Several of the newspaper’s reporters went to the Project Veritas’ New York office. O’Keefe told the Washington Post reporter:
‘I am not doing an interview right now, so I’m not going to say a word.’
O’Keefe did invite the Post back, but he still refused to answer questions about the woman with the fake news story. He also refused to answer questions about whether he worked with former White House adviser Stephen Moore, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, or any other Republican strategists.
The newspaper filmed the entire encounter.
The video captured the Project Veritas founder refusing to answer questions about the woman’s fake claim. Then, O’Keefe asked Davis, according to the Post:
‘Is The Washington Post ambushing me and confronting us because of what we’re about to release? Is this a sort of anticipatory behavior ahead of what we’re about to do?’
Davis answered O’Keefe:
“For several weeks you have had one of your employees, contacting our reporters, under a false name, having multiple interviews. We have been trying to test the veracity . . . of the folks coming forward, accusing Roy Moore.’
BREAKING: @washingtonpost National Security Correspondent and Director of Product speak to WaPo’s hidden agenda #AmericanPravda #ProjectVeritas Full: https://t.co/nXX9wEToFN pic.twitter.com/RemgTwdwfj
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) November 27, 2017
This is a video of O’Keefe in action:
O’Keefe released his own highly edited version. The Post reported that he said:
‘The Washington Post sends a reporter to question me, but take a look. Who’s interviewing who?’
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