Van Jones, a political commentator who regularly appears on CNN, has been caught on camera saying that the story about President Donald Trump’s connection to the Russians is a “nothing burger.” The Hill reported that an organization known as Project Veritas has released a video, in which the commentator who has publicly condemned Trump for his alleged connections with Russian officials, dismissed the story.
Within the last two weeks, three journalists from CNN have resigned after falsely claiming that Trump was being investigated by congress. The new video of Van Jones comes only a day after another employee of CNN, John Bonifield, was filmed calling the Trump/Russia story “bullsh*t.” The video of producer John Bonifield, who also claimed that CNN was only covering the story to achieve good ratings, was also recorded by an undercover detective from Project Veritas.
What is Project Veritas?
Project Veritas is an investigative journalistic outlet founded by James O’Keefe. The organization’s website says that their aim is to “investigation and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.” The organization has previously used undercover tactics to reveal stories like about dead people receiving ballot papers in New Hampshire primaries, and ISIS groups operating on university campuses.
Caught on Tape
In the Project Veritas clip, presented by James O’Keefe, somebody who claims to have met him some years ago during an event in Palm Beach approaches Van Jones. The pair shake hands, and the person asks Jones what he believes will happen this week with the Russia story. Jones responds by saying “The Russia thing is just a big northing burger.”
There is no further footage, as somebody else who comes into frame interrupts the conversation.
Amazingly, a spokesperson responded to a request for comment by Newsweek, with “LOL.”
In a video posted on Twitter on June 23, Van Jones said that he is glad there is an investigation into Russia, and that he hopes they “get to the bottom of it.” He also said that he believes Democrats are fooling themselves if they think that the investigation is “somehow going to end the Trump Presidency and make everything better.”
While Jones believes that the Democrats should move on and talk about issues like addiction, jobs, and poverty, he has explicitly supported the investigation. His comment that the reports constitute a “nothing burger” suggests that Trump is correct when he calls the investigation a witch hunt.
Project Veritas is releasing the video as part of a series, which O’Keefe calls “American Pravda – a nod to Pravda, which was once the official newspaper for the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. Veritas has targeted CNN previously, too. In 2009, James O’Keefe leaked audio recordings from the CNN newsroom, which he said showed that the news network had a clear left-wring bias.
CNN issues an official statement about Bonifeld, saying that their company valued diversity of opinion, and that they stand by medical producer John Bonifeld. CNN is yet to release a statement about Jones.
Meanwhile, the White House is aware of the video. During a press briefing on Tuesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that there is a video circulation, and that she “would encourage everybody in this room, and frankly everybody across the country, to take a look at.” Sanders said that, if it is accurate, then it is “a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.”
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