CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester played the video's starring role. "Our focus was to get Trump out of office, right?" the video shows Chester telling someone off-camera. "Without saying it, that's what it was."
As is the case with videos made from source material captured from hidden cameras, one should approach the final product with a healthy dose of caution. Post-production editing is a dark art that can materially change the meaning and context of many things that seem obvious at first blush. (See Daily Show field segments from the aughts as an example.) But in this instance, there are enough examples of full and complete comments made by Chester that were clearly not crafted out of thin air, or misleading editing tricks.
A source close to CNN tells Mediaite that Chester was targeted by Project Veritas via the dating app Tinder, in which his dating profile included CNN. The unidentified Project Veritas employee claimed to be a nurse, and the two initially bonded over Chester's past health concerns. They went on a total of five dates, the last of which occurred at a coffee shop in Chester's neighborhood, but was interrupted by O'Keefe and others before leaving the coffee shop.