James O’Keefe: Trump Repeatedly Asked Me To “Get Inside” Columbia University And Steal Obama’s Records

The Hill reports:

Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe claims in a forthcoming book that President Trump asked him to “get inside” Columbia University and obtain a copy of former President Barack Obama’s college records.

O’Keefe writes in his book “American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News,” that 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,” according to The Daily Caller, which first reported on the section of the book.

O’Keefe said he told Trump that the request did not fall into his line of work, but Trump reportedly continued to ask the conservative activist to find the sealed records at the university.

“Conservative filmmaker”?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Maybe he will get a visit in the night and we will never have to hear about him ever again.

  • Silver Badger

    Shades of Watergate!

    • clay

      At least Nixon’s people were smart enough to hire (weak-ass) burglars, rather than a videographer.

      • Bad Tom

        Court convicted, weak-ass videographer.

  • crewman

    So Trump was encouraging him to commit a crime. Let me guess, he also told him, “Don’t worry, I’ll pardon you.”

  • PickyPecker
  • bkmn

    Ask someone with no credibility to dig stuff up – how does that make sense to anyone?

    • Galvestonian

      It’s Trump … what the hell do you expect ? He has no sense, no morals, no feeling of guilt, he’s a sociopath, no feelings and dumber than a sackful of rocks – although surprisingly enough, when he’s naked he looks like a sack full of rocks — only flesh colored.

    • Dramphooey

      It makes sense if you want them to find what you desperately want found.

    • lymis

      Ask someone with no shame and only a passing relationship with truth, ethics, or legality to do something shady – while that’s abhorrent, it sounds like it makes reasonably good sense.

      What, you expect him to ask someone with impeccable professional standards to try to pull that crap?

    • gaycuckhubby

      He has credibility with Trump and lot of Trumps base. That’s the problem

  • Thorn Spike

    “My Fight For Truth…”

    This is a work of fiction, then.

  • bobbyjoe

    American Pravda? So they’re just admitting that the American conservative movement has openly become an arm of the Kremlin?

    • Bad Tom

      There is no truth in Pravda, and no Pravda in truth.

      • gary47290

        The soviet era joke was “there is no NEWS (Izvestiya) in the TRUTH (Pravda) and no truth in the news.”

        • Bad Tom

          That is not how I heard it told.

  • jimbo65

    Joy’s on fire

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Will watch during lunch.

      Thank baby jesus for giving us DVR

  • DaveMiller135

    As a purveyor of Fake News, he ought to be embarrassed to entitle a book, “My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.” But I’m old-fashioned. There is no more embarrassment. Get off my lawn.

    • cleos_mom

      He was born in 1984. Aren’t you afraid of getting killed by some retributary bolt of lightning?

  • TuuxKabin

    Nothing’s too ow for that POS. Come on Karma or Grim Reaper.

  • Bluto
    • shellback

      Good morning, sir. How’re they hangin’?

      • Robincho

        To the left, one would guess… 😉

    • Stogiebear

      The sheer audacity of it!

      • JCF

        I did nazi what you did there.

        Oh wait, I did!

        • Stogiebear

          It was fairly transparent.

      • gary47290

        There is a book coming. The audacity of dope.

  • Dramphooey

    Because there is no way a person of color succeeded on merit in the mind of a racist.

    • Uncle Mark

      Trump just can’t believe that someone of color, modest background, and no money somehow became more successful and beloved than him. So much of Trump is projection. If he was certain that Obama was horrible in school, can you imagine how wretched the shitgibbon’s grades were? You just know that Trump did everything in his power to hide or alter his school records from the public before running for President

      • Robincho

        Dump’s Wharton prof, re Dump: “Dumbest goddamn student I ever had,”

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’m assuming this isn’t strictly illegal if he didn’t have anything in writing or offer money. But it sure is sketchy as fuck

    • Natty Enquirer

      Yeah, it almost makes Trump’s racist obsession with Obama look bad.

      • gaycuckhubby


    • lattebud

      Now if a state attorney general decides to pursue the case and brings O’Keefe in for questioning, or better yet the FBI, and explain to him that lying to them is obstruction of justice. “Now, Mr. Asshole, er O’Keefe, please tell us about your interaction with Mr Trump.”

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yes please!

    • clay

      conspiracy to commit a crime is still conspiracy to commit a crime, even if the crime is refused, there’s nothing in writing, and no money was exchanged. I doubt an AG is going to feel it’s worth it to pursue, however, when the only witness is O’Keefe.

      • ChrisMorley

        Record these criminal interactions on your cellphones as corroboration .

  • olandp

    “American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News,”? Really? From one of the pioneers of fake news? Really?

  • Gustav2

    “O’Keefe is known for orchestrating undercover operations to target media outlets and left-wing organizations.”

    Planned Parenthood is a left wing organization? Did anyone tell Mitt Romney’s mother when she was very involved in the organization?

    • gaycuckhubby

      It’s what they do. They get credibly accused of something they just turn around and say the opposition is doing it not them.
      “I’m not the puppet you’re the puppet”

      Liberals are racist

      Hillary is homophobic

      Russians help the Democrats

      Etc etc

      • Daveed_WOW

        It’s exhausting. The only way to win is to not play.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Yeah I’m starting to think that way too

        • Bad Tom

          I’m really glad they are not smart enough for thermodynamics.

  • Darrel Cj

    This suggests how Trump projects his own dishonest and self-centered way of doing things onto others. He lies, cheats and fucks people over for personal advantage, and so he assumes that Obama did too.

    • Frostbite

      Uh, you just described pretty much all of the GOP.

  • Dramphooey

    By the way; this is not a fight for truth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–BslU44vWU

  • Reality.Bites

    Make a version of “The Voice” for college graduates. Put Trump, Obama and Bush on. Ask the judges who got in purely on merit.

    • lattebud

      Or put them on “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”

      • Reality.Bites

        His memory of childhood may be unimpaired.

        • cleos_mom

          We used to watch that show regularly — some of the worst contestants would do better than Mister Donnie.

      • lymis

        Hell, even limited purely to civics, Trump wouldn’t rise to the level of Schoolhouse Rock knowledge of how government works.

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    On one hand, i am skeptical that O’keefe is telling the truth as he is a pathological liar. But on the other hand, this is Donald Trump and he is insane enough to do this. He hates Obama enough to do something this reckless and foolhardy. Its kind of sad i am inclinated to believe any story about Trump no matter how insane sounding.

    • olandp

      You forgot to point out that the Dotard is also a pathological liar.

  • greenmanTN

    I’m no Trump fan, but I wouldn’t trust James O’Keefe if he told me it’s Saturday.

    • Dramphooey

      It rings true but don’t be fooled into buying the book.

    • clay

      “But, Mr. Trump, I’m a counterfeiter, a liar, not a burglar.”

    • Keroleen

      That’s the angle that I’m wrestling with as well – who to believe when neither party has any credibility.

  • CharlestonDave

    I have a new overarching theory to offer:

    Trump has done so many illegal, sketchy (h/t for that perfect word, gaycuckhubby), offensive and disgusting things that he knows Mueller will have any amount of dirt on him. Consequently, Trump has decided to generate an unending stream of fresh new illegal, sketchy, offensive and disgusting things that are investigation-worthy, the strategy being to bury Mueller under an avalanche of more work before any “final” report and indictments can be offered. After a long period of no final report, Trump and his minions will increasingly argue that the investigation is never-ending and ought to be terminated.

    I realize this is sort of a “you can’t arrest me, because I’m not done beating my wife” strategy, but something about Trump makes it plausible to me.

    What do you think?

    • gaycuckhubby

      I think the results are exactly as you explain, but I don’t think it’s an overarching strategy. Trump’s not that smart. It’s just the way he operates, constant lies and distortions

      • CharlestonDave

        You have a point. The fatal weakness of the theory I offer is that it assumes intelligence and rational action on Trump’s part.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Pence might b the smartest (and most dangerous person in the WH)

          • canoebum

            Pensa is no Mensa. He just looks smart in comparison.

          • David Walker

            And THAT’s because Mother decides what he wears.

          • gaycuckhubby

            True, Trump is almost making bush look like a decent person

    • cleos_mom

      Upvoted, but it’s more likely someone else’s idea. Not that I’d be surprised if it were true.

    • canoebum

      While The Orange Blob is busy with his little plan to undercut Mueller, Eric Schneiderman will indict him on money laundering, racketeering and fraud. He’ll be waiting for him in New York as the creature slinks out of the White House in disgrace.

      • JCF

        They’d better be FUCKING sure to impound Trump Force One at the DC airport then!

    • Megrim Twist

      I think this strategy worked well in the primaries and the campaign and, obviously, thorughout this first year. However, I don’t think it’s working so well anymore and, in fact, may not work now at all. The shitgibbon is toast (with apologies to Candidate Handwich).

    • JAKvirginia

      A few years ago, I read one of Rushdie’s other books (not Satanic Verses) which was a delightful tale akin to something from Indian lore. The king’s philosophy for ruling was interesting (and I am paraphrasing a bit): You start your reign with chaos and confusion. Anything you do after that will seem reasonable.

      That comes to mind in the Era of Trump.

    • Bad Tom

      Mueller, being no dummy, will say “That’s plenty,” and file indictment after indictment.
      Because, Mueller is no dummy.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    When your request is beneath the dignity of James O’Keefe, you know you’ve really stepped off the deep end.


  • clay

    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,”

    Foreign students are sought by colleges because they do NOT get scholarships, but have to pay the maximum tuition rate. Otherwise, colleges can fulfill their diversity goals with US residents.

    • Gigi

      Details. Details.

      • cleos_mom

        Ditto Facts. Facts.

        • Gigi

          What are these ‘facts’ of which you speak?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Even if they’re from Nambia?

      • juanjo54

        Yes, except Trump University.

      • coram nobis

        They’re busy at home in Nambia, getting that mountain-grown covfefe to the port.

      • PlutoAnimus

        Trump wouldn’t have the balls to call Nambia a shithole.

    • Daveed_WOW

      That, however, is the thinking of the Middle American bigot.

    • HanyBaal

      I can personally attest to that. As a foreign student in the 80s I wasnt even allowed to work off campus or in the many “work-study” subsidized jobs on campus. Nor was I eligible to any undergrad grants.

  • SoCalGal20

    I know it’s The Hill and their coverage leaves alot to be desired but stop fucking treating James O’Keefe like he’s anything other than the hack propagandist he is. He’s not a filmmaker. He is not a journalist. He has ZERO legitimacy. He’s funded by the Mercers and shady GOP PACs and TRUMP. He is a liar. He fakes footage and presents it as facts. STOP TRYING TO MAKE JAMES O’KEEFE AND PROJECT VERITAS HAPPEN.

    (This is not directed at Joe but at the shitty press that tries to legitimize this asshole.)

    • ChrisMorley

      The UK’s Guardian tries truth.

      ‘What O’Keefe’s video didn’t show was that Vera contacted police after the meeting.
      The [$100,000] settlement, first reported by Wonkette, states that “Mr O’Keefe regrets any pain suffered by Mr Vera or his family.” It notes that the payment is “in no way representative of any actual or implied admissions of liability”.
      The statement of regret seemed to be undercut by a statement posted Friday on O’Keefe’s website, Project Veritas, in which he calls the lawsuit “meritless”.’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/08/james-o-keefe-settlement-acorn

      • SoCalGal20

        That’s because The Guardian is a news org that actually does a decent job of reporting.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Technically, as much bullshit as “The Hill” spews, they’re attempting to legitimize “The Daily Caller”. Which is yet another in a long, line of “National Enquirer” wannabes that American trash desperately want to devour in order to deflect from their humdrum lives.

    • His background is basically High School Theater, which makes sense, given his antics are like play acting in High School Theater…

      • MonochromeMouse

        My high school theatre (if it’s on a stage it’s spelled with an “re”) was made up of much better actors than O’keefe, he’s more like an extreme version of those youtube “prank” videos where some white teen pisses off a bunch of random black people as a totally not racist at all “joke”.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • kareemachan

    ‘O’Keefe said he told Trump that the request did not fall into his line of work’

    BULL FUCKING SHIT. If he thought he could do it, he would have, but he’s too stupid to pull something like that off.

    • Reality.Bites

      That’s basically what he said.

    • coram nobis

      Either that, or Donald wouldn’t pay him enough, and up front.

    • robindaybird

      breaking into a university’s records is harder than harassing some low-level employee

  • Gigi

    I hope and pray that O’Keefe has hidden video of Trump asking him to hack Colombia’s computer system.

  • justmeeeee

    That’s a good theory, except that US universities generally only take furriners if they can pay the full tuition outa der pockets.

  • canoebum

    Isn’t this basically the same kind of crime as trying to hire someone to kill your spouse? Soliciting a felony?

    • Reality.Bites

      Yes, but those cases only get prosecuted one of two ways:

      1. The contractor carries it out or attempts to and is caught
      2. The would-be contractor goes to the police and wears a wire.

      If I give an interview today saying “five years ago canoebum asked me to kill his spouse and I said no” nothing happens to either of us. If I had evidence, like recording the conversations myself, then I’m implicated for not reporting it.

  • 2patricius2

    Convicted criminal liar writes book about liar in chief.

  • Will Parkinson

    As much as I want to believe this, once a liar, always a liar.

  • Acronym Jim

    I hope librarians and bookstore employees everywhere remember to shelve his book in the fiction section.

    • BobSF_94117

      Fiction section, Irony subsection.

  • I know some colleges (like my alma mater, UC Berkeley) are admitting more and more foreign students, but that’s because they can quadruple the tuition and not pay scholarships. The thesis that Obama would get MORE scholarships by claiming to be foreign is just incorrect.

    • JAKvirginia

      Incorrect? How kind you are.

  • leastyebejudged

    liars, liars, pants on fires

  • Kevin Andrews

    Who the Hell cares what this convicted felon and professional Brieghtbart liar says about anything. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6c6baa53da58d33a48e6074635d3e2b0bc1cd79c83b651cc141a58e58ff5dda.png

    • Tom Mears

      Um… technicaly asking someone to commit a crime, (i.e. stealing records from Columbia University) can be a crime itself. Provided O’Queef pursued that course of action, even if he did not get very far.

      “…In civilian terms, if all you do is tell someone to commit a crime, and they do nothing, that is not a criminal offense. If either of you make any other steps toward the commission of the crime, then you are both guilty of conspiracy to commit whatever crime was ordered or planned.”


      • Reality.Bites

        Kevin’s a Republibot.

    • M Jackson
      • JCF

        Love all the parodies of this “photo” though.

      • Gianni

        Can it get any more sacrilegious than that? That should be considered on a par with how Muslims perceive an insult to Allah.

        • Paula Key

          Have you seen Trump’s signature – it’s almost as big as the document he is signing – ego, ego!

          • Gianni

            It is so ridiculous. I have looked at it many times and have yet to decipher it. How does that scrawl possibly say “Donald Trump”. It looks like it’s all ‘S’s and ‘U’s to me.

  • FAEN

    You will never come close to Obama’s intellect BLOTUS. Not in a million years.

  • JWC

    The lonely Donny Alienated everyone, can’t get people to lie for him,Mueller will be talking to him ,so far just a fake medical report Just a shitty Sat

  • M Jackson


    Oh and also, I’ve had it with The Hill.

    • The_Wretched

      I tried them last year for about 3 months. Then i gave up for bias and be like ‘conservative filmmaker’.

  • Slippy_World
    • JAKvirginia

      Easy to say when you have options.

      • Gianni

        Some Republicants do it all the time. It just requires a thick-walled bubble around your head. Donnie’s lies, WH staff lies, and FUX News are the only things that can penetrate those bubbles. They are completely impervious to all else. Your mind is then safe on that ‘other world’.

  • JAKvirginia

    Propagandist liar sez what?

  • JCF

    Oh, why don’t you try to get MY Columbia University records, James? They’re a real page turner!

    Piss off, you little POS.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Filmmaker? Yeah, uh no. Conservative? more like fascist. Credible? not in this or any other life. Girlbye bitch.

  • The_Wretched

    Convicted fraudster.

    Is requesting a B&E a crime?

  • Gianni

    Isn’t that somehow considered fostering a criminal act or conspiracy to commit a crime? Just sort of hoping that it can be one more entry into the record of Donnie’s good works.

  • wds

    Of course, James O’Keefe is a paragon of honesty … how could anyone not believe him … dang, he really tries to hang on to his tattered 15 minutes doesn’t he …

  • Paula Key

    What is left is Trump’s brag that he could shoot someone on Fifth Ave and get away with it (or words to that effect).