Mexican Nationals Meddled and Colluded in the 2016 Election
Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out the law clearly in his indictment of numerous Russian nationals and groups for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.
As the indictment notes, the U.S. Department of Justice administers the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). FARA establishes a reporting protocol for foreign nationals, including non-government individuals "attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law." To its credit, the FBI seems to have done a good job tracking Russian individuals and entities that violated FARA even if there was no evidence of collusion with the Trump campaign or Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails. If there was a link between any of these groups and the Kremlin, the indictment made no note of it.
Most importantly, perhaps, the Mueller investigation has established that meddling by foreign nationals in a U.S. election is real and problematic. This being so, the DOJ and FBI might want to turn their attention to the role Mexican nationals played in the 2016 election. They will not have to dig deep to find evidence.
A good place to start searching would be the audio the journalists of Project Veritas recorded in their undercover stings of the Hillary Clinton campaign. To make the search easier, James O'Keefe has documented many of these conversations in his new book, American Pravda.
In the course of one sting, Democratic operative Scott Foval explained to Project Veritas's "Steve Packard" how he paid people to incite violence at Trump rallies. "What I call it is 'conflict engagement.' Conflict engagement in the lines at Trump rallies," Foval told Steve. "We're starting anarchy here."
"I'm saying we have mentally ill people that we pay to do [s---]," Foval continued. "Make no mistake. Over the last twenty years, I've paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff, and I've also taken them for dinner, and I've also made sure they had a hotel and a shower, and I put them in a program." Foval had a particular affection for union supporters. "They'll do whatever you want," he added. "They're rock 'n' roll."
Foval led the Project Veritas team to a man named Bob Creamer, the head of a firm called Democracy Partners. "I'm the white hat," Foval told Steve. "Democracy Partners is kind of a dark hat. I will probably end up being a partner there at some point because our philosophy is actually the same."
For the record, Creamer is a big-time Democratic player. He is married to Chicago-area congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and is close to both the Obamas and the Clintons. According to visitor logs, Creamer made more than 340 trips to the White House during the Obama years, with 45 of those meetings including the president in attendance.
"Bob Creamer is diabolical, and I love him for it," Foval continued. Foval was obliging enough to lay out the campaign's organizational chart. "The campaign pays DNC," he told Steve. "DNC pays Democracy Partners. Democracy Partners pays The Foval Group. The Foval Group goes and executes the [s---] on the ground."
Ever enterprising, Project Veritas managed to get journalist Allison Maass an internship at Democracy Partners. In answer to Maass's question about a practice known generically as "bird-dogging," Creamer explained his group's hardball version thereof. "You're trying to actually confront people," Creamer answered. "The thing that makes the best television is, of course, the target: angry people. That's great TV. Now, Trump – you don't ... maybe you want to get people to do something in advance to cause problems for him, and ... I guess these guys are the DREAMers. They're just pros at this."
"What do you mean by DREAMers?" Angela asked to get Creamer on record.
"DREAMers are the category of people brought here as children, as immigrants," said Creamer, neglecting to say they came here illegally.
"So there's, like, a specific group of DREAMers?" asked Maass.
"Well, there are organizations out there," Creamer responded. He identified a fellow named Cesar Vargas as the best of the organizers. "This crew is spectacular at it," Creamer added. He explained that DREAMers have "a lot more legitimacy" because they are not specifically "operatives of the DNC or of the campaigns." Their presence at rallies, he believed, made for "good optics."
"So Hillary is aware of all the work that you guys do, I hope?" Allison asked.
"Oh yeah," said Creamer. "Yes. The campaign is fully in it."
As Project Veritas learned, Vargas was a New York lawyer, the co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition, and a DREAMer himself. "Only in the Democratic Party could an illegal alien achieve such heights without disguising his illegality," O'Keefe writes. Apparently, Vargas had known Creamer for years.
Here you have it. Organized groups of foreign nationals were actively colluding at the highest levels with the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and quite possibly the Obama White House. There is no mystery, no need to spend millions on high-priced lawyers.
Let the investigation begin.
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