Trump using James O'Keefe's CNN sting video to raise money for 2020

Right-wing infiltrator and investigator James O'Keefe is releasing secretly recorded videos of CNN staffers casting doubts on the importance of covering Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

CNN said it stands by its producer from the first video, but for President Donald Trump, it's a ripe opportunity to fuel his 2020 reelection bid.

The "Trump Make America Great Again Committee" put out an email on Wednesday, shortly after the videos were published, asking for money and saying the video "raises serious questions" about the fake news media.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (R) holds a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (R) holds a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (L) is photographed by Project Veritas Action Senior Communications Strategist Stephen Gordon during a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (L) is photographed by Project Veritas Action Senior Communications Strategist Stephen Gordon during a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (R) holds a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Project Veritas Action lawyer Benjamin Barr (L) speaks during a news conference with conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (L) is photographed by Project Veritas Action Senior Communications Strategist Stephen Gordon during a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe (R) holds a news conference at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 01: Project Veritas Action lawyer Benjamin Barr (L) speaks during a news conference with conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe at the National Press Club September 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. O'Keefe released a video of that accuses the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's director of marketing and FEC compliance director of breaking the law by allowing a Canadian tourist to buy $75 of campaign swag using the Project Veritas Action journalist as a straw purchaser. O'Keefe promised that people will resign from their jobs as his 'Army of Exposers' record and release more undercover videos during the 2016 campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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"This is the REAL opposition," the email reads."The Democrats are a lost cause without a message, but the fake news media machine can push liberal propaganda all it wants 24/7 and pretend it's the truth."

In May 2015, Trump's charitable foundation donated $10,000 to Project Veritas, the nonprofit corporation O'Keefe uses to hire his operatives and publish his videos. Trump's foundation is among a number of money groups used to protect the identities of political donors.

Though some of O'Keefe's investigative methods have been found illegal, the Trump administration is using the new videos to raise tension between the White House and the mainstream media. On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that "everybody in this room and, frankly, everybody across the country to take a look at" the video to evaluate CNN's credibility, prompting Playboy's White House correspondent, of all people, to interrupt.

"What you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, 'See, once again, the president is right, and everybody else out here is fake media,'" he said. "Everybody in this room is only trying to do their job."

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