Benenson: I'm 'Pretty Confident' Other Democratic Operatives Aren't Doing What We Saw in Project Veritas Videos

October 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson said Sunday he was "pretty confident" that other Democratic operatives weren't engaging in the malfeasance seen by two in recent videos from Project Veritas.

On undercover videos from James O'Keefe's undercover video operation, Democratic operatives Scott Foval and Robert Creamer discussed, in the words of the New York Times, "unseemly tactics" like voter fraud and scheming to incite violence at Donald Trump's rallies. Both of them have since resigned their positions.

"If you are there and you're protesting and you do these actions, you will be attacked at Trump rallies. That's what we want," Foval told one Project Veritas journalist about starting fights with Trump supporters.

Eric Trump brought up the videos earlier on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and the host then pressed Benenson about the "shocking" footage and whether it was the exact violent behavior the Clinton campaign has complained about from Trump's supporters.

Benenson criticized O'Keefe as someone with a "track record of doctoring videos" and Donald Trump himself for his inciting language on the campaign trail, although he also admitted it was the first time he'd seen the video in question.

"If the Republicans and Donald Trump or Eric Trump want to talk about James O'Keefe instead of the words of the nominee of the Republican Party, I think it's showing a sign of desperation here in the last weeks of the campaign," Benenson said.

"But are you confident you don't have other operatives out there doing exactly the same thing?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"I'm pretty confident," Benenson said. "I think, as I said, we're talking about a guy who has a track record of doctoring videos. These people resigned, as you said, and if this was happening day in and day out, we would know about it."