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November 10, 2021




The founder of non-profit journalism enterprise Project Veritas, James O’Keefe, discussed the FBI raid on his home over Ashley Biden’s stolen diary in recent interview.

On Tuesday, O’Keefe detailed the pre-dawn raid when he was met at the door by FBI agents with blinding lights and a battering ram. He said they hand cuffed him and went through his phone, which contained confidential information regarding his reporters’ investigations, sources and donor information.

Project Veritas paid who they called “tipsters” for what was alleged to be Ashley’s diary, but could not verify its authenticity and chose not to publish its contents. Instead, they turned it in to law enforcement.

The New York Times first reported on federal agents executing search warrants at an apartment in New York City and another in Westchester County, New York. O’Keefe confirmed the searches and said the company is unaware as to how the New York Times heard of the warrant, adding a grand jury investigation is secret.

“I awoke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents,” said O’Keefe. “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 [pointing to himself].”

The conservative website has been accused of publishing dozens of handwritten pages from Miss Biden’s diary ahead of the 2020 presidential election. O’Keefe said his website obtained the pages from a tipster who claimed Ashley Biden had abandoned it in her room. He has maintained the post was “ethical journalism.”

“The FBI took materials of current and former 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,” O’Keefe stated.

The Project Veritas founder ahs called on all Americans to stand up for the right to free speech and against the “politics of fear.” O’Keefe said this is an attack on the First Amendment and called on other journalists to stand up against the abuse of power. He also pointed out that if it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.

c. OAN