ST. LOUIS — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is now demanding a criminal investigation of undercover videos showing her campaign workers saying that the campaign hides or does not talk about certain issues in order to keep moderate and independent voters in her corner.
McCaskill's campaign manager told reporters about her demand just hours after a McCaskill campaign spokesperson seemed to indicate that the senator was backtracking from her claim Tuesday night that her challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, was involved in undercover videos of her campaign staff.
McCaskill Campaign Manager David Kirby says that Project Veritas, the investigative website which often shoots undercover videos to expose Democrats, mainstream media outlets, even Twitter saying things behind closed doors, may have committed fraud that violates Missouri’s "Merchandising Practices Act".
Kirby says the videos were shot "under false pretenses and misrepresentations, which under Missouri law is fraud."
He also claims that McCaskill's call to investigate has nothing to do with Project Veritas. “This is about the attorney general’s failure to stand up and call out fraudulent activity," he said. McCaskill is calling for Hawley to recuse himself and hire a special prosecutor to investigate.
James O'Keefe, the man who started Project Veritas by shooting undercover videos that crippled ACORN in 2009, was arrested the next year for trying to get new undercover video of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. O'Keefe was charged by federal prosecutors for entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony.
O'Keefe plead guilty to the trespassing charge and received probation and a fine.
Democrats and many in the national media have mostly dismissed O'Keefe and Project Veritas since then, using the guilty plea to label him a criminal and say that he deceptively edits the videos.
While McCaskill has dismissed the latest videos and said that she has never hidden where she stand on issues, her campaign has still not answered ABC 30 News' question on whether she supports a ban on semi-automatic rifles, as one staffer says on the videos. The campaign has also not denied anything staffers say on the videos either.