A Democratic operative caught in an undercover-video sting that confirmed suspicions of massive, organized vote fraud in America now has filed a lawsuit against Project Veritas, which carried out the investigation.
But James O'Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, immediately vowed to resist what he called an attempt to "intimidate us."
"We are on the right side of the law and will not stop exposing the truth," he said. "Right now, the attorney general of Wisconsin is still investigating possible criminal charges against Scott Foval. This lawsuit further justifies the need to drain the swamp. Our army of guerrilla journalists, which grows daily, will continue to expose the malfeasance and corruption committed by these organizations."
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There were several videos that apparently triggered the complaint against Project Veritas, O'Keefe and others.
One was of Foval, who had worked for People for the American Way, a George Soros-funded group and recently with Americans United for Change.
In the video, he said: "You know what? We've been busing people in to deal with you f---ing a-----es for 50 years, and we're not going to stop now."
Foval also said he and his fellow operatives are "starting anarchy" by creating "conflict engagement … in the lines at Trump rallies."
The second was Bob Creamer, founder and partner of Democracy Partners, and husband of Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Foval credited Creamer with coming up with a number of ideas and strategies to enhance Democrats' standing among voters.
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The Federal Elections Commission was asked to investigate the evidence in the videos, which show Democratic operatives not only explaining how they were trying to influence the presidential election by manipulating the vote but boasting about it.
The complaint was filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to protect the right to vote, preserve the constitutional framework of American elections, and educate the public on the issue of election integrity."
At one point, Foval said party officials don't necessarily need to know about actions that are in a gray area of the law or worse.
"Other people can make things happen that you don't need to know about," he said.
Yet another video revealed Alan Schulkin, the New York Democratic commissioner of the Board of Elections, confirming widespread fraud:
The complaint was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., by Democracy Partners, Strategic Consulting Group and Creamer.
They allege violations of local wiretap law, breach of fiduciary duty, trespass and more.
The claim alleges Project Veritas gets access to various organizations through fraud, videotapes conversations, then edits and releases them.
The videos in question were obtained, the claim states, by an undercover agent for Project Veritas who was trusted by Democrats and given access to a variety of resources.
The videos had a huge impact, as the comments about voter fraud rippled through the media only weeks before the 2016 president election, at a time when "voters increasingly tune in to politics."
The claim says O'Keefe drew "false conclusions from the selectively edited videos."
"The purpose of this video, and all of the videos, was falsely to portray the Democratic Party and progressive organizations as being engaged in unethical and illegal activity," the claim states.
Of the several videos released, the contents "falsely implied that Secretary Clinton was personally involved in unethical and/or illegal activity; that activities carried out in connection with the bracketing events had been unlawfully coordinated with the Clinton campaign; and that a group for which Creamer worked had unlawfully accepted a foreign contribution."
The claim contends the undercover investigators did not have permission to record, report or document any statements.
The lawsuit claims the disclosures cost the Democratic operatives half-a-million dollars in business.
O'Keefe's organization said it was notified by a reporter of the lawsuit over its discovery of "an elaborate voter fraud plan and unethical suggestions and behavior on behalf of Robert Cream and his associates, including Scott Foval."
"Consequently, Scott Foval was fired and Robert Creamer resigned from Democracy Partners," Project Veritas said of the results of its four-part video series.
"The video investigation – which received media coverage from every single mainstream media outlet, trended on social media worldwide, and was a topic of debate during one of the presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – had a monumental effect on the 2016 presidential election," the group said.
"We will be deploying a new batch of freshly trained journalists next week to shine additional light on the cockroaches of the corrupt D.C. establishment," O'Keefe said.
"We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. We will find out who is funding this lawsuit. We will never stop exposing the truth. We will not back down."
A lawyer for Project Veritas, Benjamin Barr, called the action a "frivolous" claim and said the First Amendment "protects the rights of undercover journalists to expose exactly the sort of corruption captured in these videos."