James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has today published a statement of resignation from Robert Creamer:
I am unwilling to become a distraction to the important task of electing Hilary Clinton, and defeating Donald Trump in the upcoming election.
As a result I have indicated to the Democratic National Committee that I am stepping back from my responsibilities working with the Campaign.
Creamer denies any wrongdoing in his letter of resignation, instead insisting that the “notorious right wing blogger O’Keefe” is mistaken:
I am enormously proud of the work we have done over the last months to sound the alarm about the danger Donald Trump would present to American democracy. Contrary to the outrageous claims of the notorious right wing blogger James O’Keefe, we have always adhered to the highest standards of transparency and legality in our work for the DNC.
Democracy Partners regards our nation’s election laws and the integrity of our democratic institutions with utmost seriousness. And we have only ever-engaged in legal and nonviolent methods to demonstrate how Donald Trump is unfit to be President. Period.
We regret the unprofessional and careless hypothetical conversations that were captured on hidden cameras of a temporary regional contractor for our firm, and he is no longer working with us. While, none of the schemes described in the conversations ever took place, these conversations do not at all reflect the values of Democracy Partners.
In a video released today, James O’Keefe addresses the resignation:
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 18, 2016
Towards the end of his resignation, Creamer blames O’Keefe’s “dirty tricks” and claims that O’Keefe “uses methods that would make Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglars proud”:
O’Keefe executed a plot that involved the use of trained operatives using false identifications, disguises and elaborate false covers to infiltrate our firm and other consulting firms, in order to steal campaign plans, and goad unsuspecting individuals into making careless statements on hidden cameras.
Those of us who are involved in political work because we believe deeply in progressive values are saddened that those on the right are using dirty tricks in order to pursue their political agenda rather than engage in an honest debate about ideas.
I will not aid Mr. O’Keefe’s despicable efforts to distract from the critical choice American voters face November 8th.
Creamer’s organization Democracy Partners repeats this analysis of the situation in a post on Facebook, going on to claim that the “alt-right takeover of the Republican Party has poisoned our country.”
Breitbart News detailed the connection in an article about the original video released exclusively by Breitbart this Monday:
In one hidden camera video, filmed at Creamer’s Washington, D.C. office, Creamer explains that Hillary Clinton is aware of “all” of his activities, directly or indirectly, and that Democracy Partners has a daily conference call with the Clinton campaign, as well as frequent calls with the White House.
Creamer has been a “political organizer and strategist for over four decades,” according to his organization’s bio, and began “his organizing career in 1970 working with Chicago’s Citizen Action Program (CAP), which had been organized by Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation.” Creamer has written for the Huffington Post, and his columns were regularly sent to a Google Group associated with John Podesta during the Obama administration.
Creamer is married to congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and has previously served time in prison for check-kiting.