A right-leaning government watchdog group, led by conservative firebrand James O’Keefe, released an undercover video on Tuesday showing a CNN producer criticizing the network’s coverage of President Trump’s ties to Russia.
In the nearly nine-minute-long video, an associate from O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is seen asking John Bonifield, a supervising producer in the CNN Medical Unit, if the network’s coverage of the Russia investigation is “bulls—.”
“Could be bulls—,” the man responds. “I mean, it’s mostly bulls— right now. Like we don’t have any giant proof.”
“The leaks,” he adds, “keep leaking and there’s so many great leaks, and it’s amazing. I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that [it] wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So, I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun. You have no real proof.”
Bonifield also goes on to say that Trump is “probably right” to say that cable news outlets like CNN are pursuing a “witch hunt” against the president and his administration.
A source from CNN confirmed Bonifield’s identity to TheWrap and said he’s not going to be disciplined. CNN just sees it as an employee expressing an opinion about the company’s reporting, said the source, who stressed that Bonifield is not involved with the network’s political coverage. The source also said that Bonifield was not aware he was being filmed, and that the person he interacted with was associated with Project Veritas.
Shortly after the video was made available, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. promoted it on Twitter:
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 27, 2017
The video comes a day after three CNN staffers resigned following the removal on Friday of an online story about a supposed congressional investigation into a Russian investment fund and a financier with ties to the Trump administration.
According to the network, an internal investigation found that “some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.”
For years, O’Keefe has targeted liberal groups with undercover video and audio recordings but his Project Veritas has been criticized for questionable tactics and selective editing of footage.
According to PolitiFact, his videos are “edited in ways that the context of the conversation or the meaning of the statement isn’t always clear.”
O’Keefe first gained notoriety for his 2009 headline-grabbing release of undercover videos alleging illegal activity by employees of ACORN, a community organizing group that helped register low-income people to vote.
Watch his latest undercover video above.