James O’Keefe’s home in New York was raided by FBI agents just 5 days ago on Saturday.
The FBI raided two New York addresses of people connected to Project Veritas on Friday as part of an investigation into how Ashley Biden’s diary was released shortly before the 2020 election.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s home was also raided by FBI agents as part of this “investigation”.
BREAKING: FBI raids Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s home in New York over Ashley Biden Diary https://t.co/B977sEuXSJ
– Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) 6 November 2021
The New York Times was probably notified by the Stasi FBI of the raid.
“The FBI conducted search warrants in New York as part of an investigation by the Justice Department into how pages from Ashley Biden’s journal were published by a right-wing website,” New York Times reported.
An hour after the raid was carried out, The New York Times contacted one of the reporters to comment on the confidential investigation.
The New York Times was the first to break the story. They even reached out for comment after his home was raided at 6 p.m.
In October 2020, Ashley Biden contacted the Feds and reported several items were stolen during a burglary, including her diary.
Project Veritas never published pages of Ashley Biden’s diary, but another conservative website did.
O’Keefe: The FBI has taken material from current and former Veritas journalists despite the fact that our legal team has previously contacted the Department of Justice and voluntarily conveyed inviolable facts demonstrating Project Veritas’ lack of involvement in criminal activities and / or criminal intent.
Like any reporter, we regularly handle the receipt of source information and take steps to verify its authenticity, legality and newsworthiness. Our efforts were responsible, ethical, journalistic and we have no doubt that Project Veritas acted properly at every step
O’Keefe “put himself in great danger” when he released a statement about the investigation of PV journalists. The FBI raided his home the next day.
Now tonight, five days after the FBI raided his home, The New York Times has released a new report on James O’Keefe with several private documents from Project Veritas.
It took Chris Wray’s FBI less than a week to leak O’Keefe’s documents to their cohort at the NY Times.
The New York Times released a breaking report on James O’Keefe and Project Veritas on Thursday night. They admit in their report that they received
Hours after FBI agents searched the homes of two former Project Veritas operators last week, James O’Keefe, the leader of the Conservative group, said: taken to YouTube to defend his work as “the stuff of responsible, ethical journalism.”
“We’re never breaking the law,” he said, speaking out against the FBI’s investigation into members of his group for possible involvement in the reported theft of a diary kept by President Biden’s daughter, Ashley. “In fact, one of our ethical rules is to act as if there are always 12 jurors on our shoulders.”
Project Veritas has long occupied a gray area between investigative journalism and political espionage, and internal documents obtained by The New York Times reveal the extent to which the group has worked with its attorneys to determine how far its fraudulent reporting practices can go before they violate federal laws.
The documents, a series of memoranda written by the group’s lawyer, describe ways in which Project Veritas’ sting operations – which typically deviate from standard journalistic practice by employing people who mask their real identities or create false identities to infiltrate target organizations. – to prevent violations of federal statutes. such as the law against lying to civil servants.
The documents show, for example, Project Veritas operators’ concern that an operation launched in 2018 to secretly take on employees at the FBI, the Department of Justice and other agencies in hopes of bribing President Donald J. To expose Trump could violate the Espionage Act – the law enacted at the height of World War I that was typically used to prosecute spies.
“Because intent is relevant – and broadly defined – to ensure that PV journalists’ intentions are narrow and legitimate, will be extremely important in any operation,” the group’s media attorney, Benjamin Barr, wrote in response to questions from the group about using the dating app Tinder to let its officials meet government employees, possibly some with national security clearances.
In a separate July 2017 memorandum, Mr. Barr emailed a representative of the group that the criminal law, which involves false statements to federal officials, “remains an extensive, dangerous law that inhibits Veritas’ operations.”
The documents provide new insight into the workings of the group at a time when it faces potential legal danger in the diary investigation – and has indicated that its defense will rely in part on forming itself as a journalistic organization protected by the First Amendment.
The FBI searched the homes of Mr. O’Keefe and two former Project Veritas agents – Eric Cochran and Spencer Meads – as part of the investigation into the reported theft of Ms. Biden’s diary. Mr. O’Keefe admitted that he had received a large jury summons in the case.
Mr. O’Keefe said the FBI took his phones, which had confidential donor and source information. He said neither he nor his group had done anything wrong, and that the FBI searches were an attack on the First Amendment.
The legal documents obtained by The Times were written several years ago, at a time when Project Veritas had recreated itself from a small operation with a limited budget to a group that is more closely modeled on a small intelligence-gathering organization.
During the Trump administration, the group saw a flood of new donations from both private donors and conservative foundations, and hired former U.S. and British intelligence and military agents to train Project Veritas agents in espionage.
In a statement issued by one of its attorneys, Project Veritas said it “stands behind these legal memos and prides itself on the full work it does to ensure that each of its journalistic investigations complies with all applicable laws.” “