In an attempt to discredit anyone who dared to criticize failed, one-term former President Donald Trump while he was still in office, a right-wing group went so far as to conduct surveillance of the FBI.
A chilling report from the New York Times details how a group of conservative activists coordinated with a former British spy in a project designed to destroy those who disagreed with Trump in any manner whatsoever:
“The campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.
“The operations against the F.B.I., run by the conservative group Project Veritas, were conducted from a large home in the Georgetown section of Washington that rented for $10,000 per month. Female undercover operatives arranged dates with the F.B.I. employees with the aim of secretly recording them making disparaging comments about Mr. Trump.”
The former British spy is a man named Richard Seddon. He was recruited in 2016 by defense contractor Erik Prince (brother of former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos) to “train” Project Veritas operatives who were sent out to infiltrate trade unions, the campaigns of Democrats running for Congress, and other pinpointed targets.
One of the highest-profile people that Project Veritas targeted was then-national security adviser H.R. McMaster, a retired United States Army Lieutenant General and true American hero. But to those loyal to Trump, McMaster was seen as a traitor:
“The scheme against Mr. McMaster, revealed in interviews and documents, was one of the most brazen operations of the campaign. It involved a plan to hire a woman armed with a hidden camera to capture Mr. McMaster making inappropriate remarks that his opponents could use as leverage to get him ousted as national security adviser.”
Though the right-wing operatives abandoned their efforts against McMaster in March of 2018, those who had been targeting him got exactly what they wanted when McMaster resigned that same month because Trump had reportedly grown tired of the former general and was on the verge of dismissing him from his post, which is one of the most important in the entire cabinet.
However, the effort to target FBI employees could be what eventually winds up resulting in criminal charges against the conservatives that ran the plot, which is terrifying in both its scope and intent:
“The plan was simple: Use undercover operatives to entrap F.B.I. employees and other government officials who could be publicly exposed as opposing Mr. Trump.
“Project Veritas operatives created fake profiles on dating apps to lure the F.B.I. employees, according to two former Project Veritas employees and a screenshot of one of the accounts. They arranged to meet and arrived with a hidden camera and microphone.”
Did those operatives have any sort of warrant giving them the right to surveil FBI employees, who are charged with protecting the nation from criminal organizations, terrorists, and other unsavory characters who wish to harm the United States? They didn’t, and that could serve as damaging evidence if used by federal prosecutors who may well seek indictments against those who participated in the scheme.
One of the main features of both Donald Trump and his followers is paranoia. They believe everyone is out to get them because they’re too damn self-absorbed and clueless to realize they’re the source of their own problems and the cause of their eventual downfall. No wonder they always get caught red-handed.