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WikiLeaks: Trump Rally Agitator and Clinton Campaign Manager Are ‘Close’

Top Clinton aides discussed Bob Creamer and his 'grassroots/netroots' operation

Robert Creamer, the operative behind sending provocateurs to Donald Trump rallies, was close to Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, according to new emails released by WikiLeaks.

Creamer, who allegedly spearheaded the dirty tricks for the Democrats, wasn’t just consulting for the Democratic National Committee, according to videos made by Project Veritas. He was sending people to provoke Trump at events.

“Just wanted to pass along this note I sent to Bob Creamer, who as you may know is consulting for the DNC and is close to Robby Mook.”

Creamer has thus become a red-hot issue in the campaign. And now it’s apparent he is close to Mook. That surprising detail came out Sunday morning when WikiLeaks posted hundreds more emails from John Podesta’s Gmail account. Podesta is Clinton’s campaign chairman whose account was hacked in March.

In one email, a Creamer ally writes to Podesta friend Neera Tanden and expresses concern about the fall campaign. He casually mentions how close Mook is to Creamer. Tanden sent the email to Podesta.

Creamer recently resigned from the Democratic National Committee and stepped back from his role with Democracy Partners. It followed conservative journalist James O’Keefe III and his Project Veritas recording Creamer and an ally discussing several unsavory campaign tactics aimed at Trump.

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The fallout was quick. Donna Brazile, interim DNC chair, would only say Creamer was a “temporary regional sub-contractor.” But Creamer, the husband of a Democratic congresswoman from Illinois, has visited the White House 340 times.

Creamer’s tactics were entirely provocative. One tactic the group used was to send people dressed up as “Donald Duck” to Trump events.

But the more controversial tactic that Creamer was accused of plotting was to send provocateurs to Trump rallies to provoke fights, violence, and outbursts. Creamer’s subordinate, Scott Foval, is seen on O’Keefe’s videos boasting of paying homeless and mentally ill people to disrupt Trump rallies.

“You can message to draw them out, and draw them to punch you,” said Foval.

The DNC would only admit that Creamer was paid to “bracket,” or set up alternative rallies and press conferences where Trump was having them.

Yet in an email to Podesta’s top aide, Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, an activist official named Michael Lux of Progressive Strategies discusses how close Creamer is to Mook.

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“Hey Neera, just wanted to pass along this note I sent to Bob Creamer, who as you may know is consulting for the DNC and is close to Robby Mook,” Lux wrote to Tanden on Dec. 17, 2015. “Wanted to pass it along to you as well, hoping you won’t take offense because I feel some urgency about this. You and Podesta are a great bridge to the DC, more establishment-oriented progressive world, but I just feel like the campaign is making a mistake not doing stronger outreach to grassroots/netroots progressives. And while I don’t think it will cause them to lost [sic] the primary, I do worry it makes everything tougher in that process, and it makes bringing everyone in (and getting them excited) after Bernie loses that much harder. Am worried and frustrated, so take it with a grain of salt.”

Lux is the co-founder of Democracy Partners, an organization at which he worked with Creamer.

A Huffington Post bio shows Lux worked with Creamer at several organizations: “Michael Lux is the co-founder [of] Democracy Partners, a political consulting firm whose mission is building the progressive movement. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Political Action at People For the American Way (PFAW), and the PFAW Foundation, and served in the Clinton White House from January 1993 to mid-1995 as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. While at Progressive Strategies, Lux founded, and currently chairs American Family Voices.”

Until Sunday, it was unclear how close Creamer was to the actual Clinton operation or to Mook. Now, thanks to Lux’s email, people know: Very close.

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