Ex-US Attorney Calls James O’Keefe ‘A Nasty Little Cowardly Spud’

The conservative video maker James O’Keefe has turned his cameras on the former federal prosecutor whose office brought charges against him and his accomplices in the phone-tampering of a Democratic U.S. senator.

In a video released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas on Monday, former U.S. Attorney James Letten can be seen shouting at O’Keefe and his colleagues. Letten can also be seen filming O’Keefe with his own smart phone. 

“You went to my house, you terrorized my wife, you’re violating federal law, you’re trespassing, you’re a nasty little cowardly spud,” Letten says in the video. “All of you, you’re hobbits. You are less than I can ever tell you. You are scum. Do you understand?” 

The video also shows O’Keefe going to Letten’s house and speaking with his wife.

Letten recused himself from O’Keefe’s  phone-tampering case in 2010. With the cameras rolling, O’Keefe tried to hand Letten a copy of his book, “Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy.” Letten then throws the book back at O’Keefe, an act O’Keefe lables a “minor assault in front of police.” This is an O’Keefe video, so the usual caveats and grains of salt apply. 

Letten resigned his position as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana in late 2012, amid a scandal about anonymous online commenting by high-ranking prosecutors in his office. He is currently an assistant dean at Tulane University Law School. 

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