President Donald Trump, according to James O’Keefe, the guy behind Project Veritas, asked about breaking into Columbia University to illegally obtain former President Obama’s sealed college records.
CNN verified his account and several media outlets have reported on it.
Here’s an account of the events:
“Donald Trump asked James O’Keefe, the controversial conservative filmmaker, if he could “get inside” Columbia University and obtain President Obama’s sealed college records, according to a passage in O’Keefe’s forthcoming book, a copy of which was reviewed by CNN…
According to O’Keefe, Trump “suspected Obama had presented himself as a foreign student on application materials to ease his way into New York’s Columbia University, maybe even Harvard too, and perhaps picked up a few scholarships along the way.”
O’Keefe wrote that during the meeting Trump suggested O’Keefe infiltrate Columbia and obtain the sealed records: “‘Nobody else can get this information,’” O’Keefe quoted Trump as saying. “‘Do you think you could get inside Columbia?’”
When O’Keefe told Trump that this was out of his “link of work,” Trump reportedly shook his hand and whispered “Do Columbia” into his ear.
While the break in never happened, that still doesn’t dismiss the fact that Trump tried to arrange it.