Last month, James O'Keefe of the website Project Veritas
was removed from the campus of Tulane University after he and a camera crew attempted to interview former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. In 2010, Letten recused himself from a federal case that followed an incident in which O'Keefe and his crew posed as telephone repairmen and gained access to Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office. (The recusal, presumably, was due to the fact that one of O'Keefe's crew was the son of William Flanagan, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana — Letten's then-counterpart in the western half of the state.)
Later that year, O'Keefe and his partners pleaded guilty
to a misdemeanor in that case and received probation, community service and minor fines.
Video from that encounter on Tulane's campus has now been posted on the Project Veritas website
, in which O'Keefe attempts to give Letten a copy of his new book, Breakthrough
, and Letten instead gives O'Keefe a piece of his mind, calling O'Keefe a "hobbit," "spud," "scum" and "asshole."
"Spud, by the way," Project Veritas notes, "is a derogatory term towards an Irishman."
Project Veritas is using the video as a fundraising tool
. From its website:
“You are a nasty, little, cowardly spud. You are scum. Do you understand?”
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