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Claire McCaskill tries to criminalize investigative journalism after her campaign deception exposed by undercover video

Claire McCaskill tries to criminalize investigative journalism after her campaign deception exposed by undercover video

McCaskill wants investigation of James O’Keefe and Project Veritas

Earlier this week, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas revealed that Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) conceals her actual position on issues such as gun control in order to get elected.

McCaskill is now demanding that state Attorney General Josh Hawley open an investigation into O’Keefe’s investigative journalism, charging that Project Veritas engaged in “fraud” under Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act.

In an interesting twist, AG Hawley is also McCaskill’s Republican opponent in next month’s midterm election.

The Kansas City Star reports:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign is demanding Attorney General Josh Hawley open a fraud investigation into hidden-camera videos released this week by a nonprofit run by conservative activist James O’Keefe.

The videos show O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action Fund going undercover to secretly interview members of McCaskill’s campaign. The group, a 501c4 nonprofit, advertised the videos as proof that McCaskill, a Democrat, has been hiding her views on guns and abortion from Missouri voters.

McCaskill and Hawley, a Republican, are in a tight election race that could help determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

David Kirby, McCaskill’s campaign manager, said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that there is reason to believe Project Veritas committed fraud that violated the state’s merchandising practices act.

That law prohibits deceptive business practices and is enforced by the attorney general’s office.

Kirby said the videos were captured under false pretenses and misrepresentations, “which under Missouri law is fraud.”

For his part, Hawley seems less than enthused by the idea.

O’Keefe is disputing the allegation that Project Veritas violated Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act.

The levels of absurdity here are many, but perhaps the most bizarre aspect of all of this is that McCaskill has only herself to blame.  If she weren’t hiding her true agenda and intention from Missouri voters, she wouldn’t have been caught hiding her true agenda and intention from Missouri voters.

She’s not disputing the claims, after all, she’s just upset that she got caught.


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James O’Keefe should be one of the most honored investigative journalists of his generation. That boy is not only fearless, he is brilliant, organized, determined, capable, modest, and genuinely accomplished.

A Medal of Freedom should be awarded for his service to virtue and those values that make America the kind of place that millions of people from around the world seek to live in.

Go get’em James, you and your cadre are the best!

a full investigation, with discovery, subpoenas, testimony under oath, etc?

Senator McA55kill really didn’t think that demand through too well, did she?

As UI read the act, Hawley should be investing McCaskill for violations of the act.

I REALLY doubt that McKaskill wants to go around stretching the definition of that statute.

If anybody is guilty of fraud and misrepresentation against the voters of her state, she is!

If there is a crime here, it is McCaskill engaged in a conspiracy to perform a “bait and switch” on the electorate.

Fraud protection is based on loss of money thru activities that misrepresent the cost or the risk of loss to a person or the misrepresentation that cause a monetary loss.
A loss of reputation would only involve slander or libel
This does not meet those standards.

Leave James O Keefe alone you old bat, you been caught red handed telling your version of the truth to what you thought was a fellow Democrat.

She’s a low a piece of dirt as hillary klinton.

How any American can make such a deal with devils like the fascists of the left is just amazing.

Well, what else do you get when you surrender your schools and media to them?

This fraud has funneled $20M to her husband, ala Pelosi, Reid or Feinstein.

She may have a tort case, see Food Lion v ABC, but as far as a criminal case is concerned the perfect answer would be “I do not find it in the public interest to pursue this matter. Get back to me when David Gregory and Eric Holder are prosecuted.

    Ragspierre in reply to Milhouse. | October 21, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Quite unlike “Food Lion”, a commercial enterprise, McKaskill would have a very steep hill to climb to show any damages in tort.

    Then there would be the very certain counter-suit.

    Not prudent…

      Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | October 21, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Especially since Food Lion’s damages were reduced on appeal to $2. But in principle Food Lion gives her position some support. Not nearly enough, though, since her case would essentially be that she had the right to conceal the truth from the voters, and she was unjustly harmed by their being told the truth. Come to think of it, someone else has been beating that empty drum very loudly for the past two years…

      Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | October 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

      What would the countersuit be for, though? I’m pretty sure deceiving voters can’t be criminalized.

In response to scrutiny of any of its many hypocritical and/or fraudulent actions, or upon any political losses, the leftist will appeal to the stare to shut up its tormentors. After all they’re all for free speech, but…………

Like Hillary’s push with citizens united, the left shows their true nature when exposed for the frauds they are. Ubiquitous among the left is the totalitarian mindset to use the force of the state to quash all dissent from their political goals. Whoever exposes them must be made a target. While they advocate for convicted criminals to be released from prison, they push to criminalize speech and actual journalism, much more a threat than Donald Trump saying mean things.

DINORightMarie | October 21, 2018 at 6:47 am

This smacks of the “Kavanaugh MUST be investigated by the FBI” calls which the Democrats KNEW would prove NOTHING and go no where (he’d already been investigated 6 times by the FBI on his background, and the charges had no merit, with NO ONE able to corroborate even once claim this Ford character made against him).

Air Claire is a disgrace to MO and she should have been kicked out LONG AGO by the good people of Missouri. It is beyond me how they could or would vote for her, especially after her blatant corruption favoring her husband.

Let’s hope THIS TIME people who turned out for Trump will turn out on Nov. 6 and KICK THIS CORRUPT LIAR out of the Senate!

    Air Claire is a disgrace to MO and she should have been kicked out LONG AGO by the good people of Missouri.

    The trouble is you only get an opportunity to kick a senator out once in six years, and if you miss a chance for some stupid reason you’re then stuck until six years later. The MO people had one chance and they got bamboozled; it’s not their fault that they didn’t do it after that, they couldn’t.

These guys were fraudulently marketed merchandise that was never intended to be delivered as described as well. Senator McCaskill should call for a criminal prosecution of Chris Hansen.

DouglasJBender | October 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

What is it with all these white, blonde, liberal female politicians / political figures? Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Christine Blasey Ford, Kristen Sinema, Claire McCaskill, etc.. Shameless liars, all.

I also notice that in the case of the four politicians listed above (Christine Blasey Ford not being a politician per se), their names contain some interesting words: hILARy clinton, ELIzabeth WARren, kristen SINema, cLAIRe mccasKILL.

    “What is it with all these white, blonde, liberal female politicians / political figures? .. Shameless liars, all.”

    Hey now, don’t sell their brunette comrades short, such as Boxer, and Feinstein. Not to mention Waters and Jackson Lee. And whatever color Pelosi’s hair is (pretty sure it comes out of a bottle). And the Y-chromosomes are almost as bad. Must be the “Politician’s Disease”…