Remember James O’Keefe? He has a book coming out, and he apparently writes about his relationship with President Trump.
A New York Times report from December––following that WaPo–Roy Moore bust––said O’Keefe “declined to elaborate on his relationship with the president, except to say that he details their interactions in a coming book.”
Well, per CNN, that involved Trump speaking to O’Keefe about doing some digging into former President Barack Obama‘s background.
O’Keefe writes in American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News that he met with Trump in 2013 in New York. Trumo complimented his infamous ACORN sting videos.
But he also claims this happened:
Donald Trump in 2013 asked James O’Keefe, the controversial conservative filmmaker, if he could “get inside” Columbia University and obtain President Obama’s sealed college records, according to a passage in O’Keefe’s forthcoming book, a copy of which was reviewed by CNN…
According to O’Keefe, Trump “suspected Obama had presented himself as a foreign student on application materials to ease his way into New York’s Columbia University, maybe even Harvard too, and perhaps picked up a few scholarships along the way.”
O’Keefe wrote that during the 2013 meeting Trump suggested O’Keefe infiltrate Columbia and obtain the sealed records: “‘Nobody else can get this information,’” O’Keefe quoted Trump as saying. “‘Do you think you could get inside Columbia?’”
O’Keefe writes that his response was to tell Trump that was out of his “line of work.”
The excerpt, first reported by The Daily Caller, says at the end of the meeting, Trump shook O’Keefe’s hand “and half-whispered, ‘Do Columbia.’”
O’Keefe’s response to the CNN report tonight was to call out reporter Oliver Darcy for this:
Funny how @OliverDarcy of @CNN neglected to mention that I wrote that @realDonaldTrump "was confident Obama was born in the United States." As @POTUS said, "your organization is horrible" and "you are fake news." https://t.co/zlXtgyPfWo pic.twitter.com/Pcfb9iyl68
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 13, 2018
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