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Published On: Mon, Jul 9th, 2018

Former Clinton aide Phillippe Reines just helped Trump by doxing book store owner Nick Cooke

Former longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Saturday posted the contact information of a Virginia bookstore whose owner called the police on a customer who harassed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

photo/ Gerd Altmann

The owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, Nick Cooke, alerted 911 after a woman confronted Bannon and reportedly called him a “piece of trash” and refused to leave after making a scene. The store owner said the woman began accosting the former White House Trump strategist.

The Richmond Police Department confirmed a call was made around 3:15 p.m. Saturday for a report of someone yelling at a political figure in the bookstore and that the call was canceled before any officers responded.

“We are a bookshop. Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening,” Cooke said.

“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business. I asked her to leave, and she wouldn’t. And I said, ‘I’m going to call the police if you don’t,’ and I went to call the police and she left. And that’s the end of the story,” Cooke told the Richmond Dispatch.

Some criticized Cooke for not letting people confront Bannon, with Reines posting contact information of the bookstore, potentially encouraging and exposing the business to harassment.

Social media users slammed Reines for sharing the information, calling it “irresponsible” and “one step too far”.

“If there’s a confrontation in your store, you call the police so that it either stops the confrontation from escalating or it gets something with authority to make sure it ends,” wrote one Twitter user. “That you are calling for a public beatdown of this place by posting all of their info is disgraceful.”

Reines defended his tweet that gathered over seven thousand interactions, insisting he’s not “encouraging any behavior” by sharing the information.

“I’m providing a service to the public by providing the contact information the bookstore posted on their website – presumably with the hope of being contacted. I presented facts without encouraging any behavior,” he tweeted. “I’d point out through it’s possible this woman stopped a book burning.”

This prompted further attacks on Cooke and his family.

“The owner of Black Swan Books, (Nicholas Trout Cooke, III) who was very concerned about making Steve Bannon comfortable, was a Episcopal priest whose wife Ellen Cooke resigned as national Episcopal treasurer after stealing $2.2 million in church donations,” tweeted @rafaelshimunov, linking to this story HERE

Less than a week ago Reines took aim at Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz with this tweet:

.@AlanDersh I’m sorry you’re being shunned by your soy-loving Vineyard neighbors. Screw them. Summer somewhere in the heart of like-minded Trumpland. I bet they’d welcome you, your menorah and your mezuzah with open arms, and have you over to their double-wide for shabbat dinner. https://t.co/ri6z5Ps8Ay

— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) July 3, 2018

President Trump and his cabinet get attacked in public, shamed by another liberal elitist and likely will gain support from the right.

Reines is linked to Hillary’s email scandal. This from Politico:

The unsealed court documents black out the names of two other individuals whose email metadata was obtained by court order as part of the FBI’s Clinton email probe. However, their identities are fairly obvious from details in the filings.

One is Philippe Reines, who was a senior adviser to Clinton and later was formally named a deputy assistant secretary of state for strategic communications. The records show that on May 1, 2016, the FBI got a metadata order covering use of Reines’ Gmail account for the four-plus years he was at State. The sole basis for the order appears to be a single email Reines sent on March 21, 2009. It’s described as having been deemed by the CIA to be classified “Secret” and not for distribution to foreign governments.

The message in question appears to be one Reines sent to Clinton from his personal email account with a subject line referencing Afghanistan’s president at the time, Hamid Karzai. “I think you know that my close friend Jeremy Bash is now Panetta’s Chief of Staff at CIA,” the one-page message to Clinton begins. The rest was withheld from public release under the Freedom of Information Act based on a legal provision exempting intelligence methods.

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