FBI raids Project Veritas reporters’ homes over Biden daughter’s ‘stolen’ diary, O’Keefe’s scathing response

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James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, issued a scathing response to the FBI raiding the homes of his current and former employees in connection to the missing diary of President Biden’s daughter.

“I awoke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents,” O’Keefe stated. “It appears the Southern District of New York now has journalists in their sights for the supposed “crime” of doing their jobs lawfully and honestly. Or at least, this journalist.”

Despite O’Keefe being warned to not reveal details of the raids, reportedly within an hour after the raids occurred The New York Times broke the story that the Department of Justice in concert with the FBI had searched two reporters’ homes in New York looking for Ashley Biden’s “stolen” diary that went missing just days before the 2020 presidential election took place.

The investigation into the matter is being overseen by the FBI and federal prosecutors out of Manhattan.

“In recent weeks, federal investigators have reached out to at least one person who worked for Project Veritas to question that person about the diary, one of the people briefed on the case said,” the New York Times reported.

O’Keefe said in his video addressing the raid that “Project Veritas came under attack” and that their First Amendment rights had been violated by the federal government.

“We do not know how the New York Times was aware of the execution of a search warrant at our reporter’s home or the subject matter of the search warrant as a grand jury investigation is secret,” O’Keefe noted. “The FBI took materials of current, former Project Veritas journalists despite the fact that our legal team previously contacted the Department of Justice and voluntarily conveyed unassailable facts that demonstrate Project Veritas’ lack of involvement in criminal activity, and or criminal intent.”

“Our efforts were the stuff of responsible ethical journalism, and we are in no doubt that Project Veritas acted properly at each and every step,” he asserted.

Tipsters reportedly approached Project Veritas late in 2020 claiming that they had Ashley Biden’s diary and that it contained “explosive allegations” concerning her father. They also alleged that the diary was abandoned in a room that she had stayed in and was found there.

O’Keefe reportedly had never met or heard of these tipsters before. They were also said to be in negotiations with other media outlets to sell the diary.

Since Project Veritas could never verify that the diary was legitimate or that it had not been stolen, they never published anything in connection with it.

“At the end of the day, we made the ethical decision that because, in part, we could not determine if the diary was real, if the diary in fact belonged to Ashley Biden, or if the contents of the diary occurred, we could not publish the diary and any part thereof,” O’Keefe commented.

“Project Veritas gave the diary to law enforcement to ensure it could be returned to its rightful owner. We never published it,” O’Keefe recounted. “Now, Ms. Biden’s father’s Department of Justice, specifically the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, appears to be investigating the situation, claiming the diary was stolen. We don’t know if it was but it begs the question: In what world is the alleged theft of a diary investigated by the President’s FBI and his Department of Justice? A diary?”

He commented that the investigation “smacks of politics” and vowed that Project Veritas will “not back down.”

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett appeared on “Hannity” Friday and pointed out that there’s a “huge difference” between the diary being stolen versus it being left behind in a room. He remarked that “one’s a crime and the other one isn’t.”

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“Project Veritas did the right thing,” Jarrett told Fox News’ host Sean Hannity. “They didn’t publish this because they couldn’t verify the authenticity of the documents, but the other conservative website did publish it but they claimed they did verify it. What is so bewildering about this is why in the world would the feds even be involved in it.”

Even if the diary had been stolen, it would be a “state crime” not a federal crime, according to Jarrett. The investigation, which evidently started under Attorney General William Barr, is also ostensibly an “enormous conflict of interest” now that President Biden is in office.

“A journalist cannot be criminally prosecuted for publishing stolen material unless the journalist himself or herself is involved in the theft. There’s no indication of that,” Jarrett posited. “And the same is true of leaked classified information. Journalists have never been prosecuted for that, although the leakers have when they’re identified. So we don’t know a whole lot about this story, but it’s deeply troubling. They would barge into the homes of two journalists armed with a search warrant signed off by a federal judge and the Department of Justice presided over by Joe Biden, this smacks of a political investigation and potential prosecution.”

There was outrage on social media over the targeted raids:


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