Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe provided a blistering response to the reported FBI raids which were performed towards associates of the guerilla news outlet over the lacking diary of President Biden’s daughter. 

The New York Times broke the story on Friday that Biden’s DOJ searched two areas in New York in search of a “stolen” diary that belonged to Ashley Biden that went lacking simply days earlier than the 2020 presidential election. 

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The investigation is being performed by the FBI and federal prosecutors in 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 Times reported

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley Biden speaks by video feed during the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as participants from across the country are hosted over video links from the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 20, 2020. 2020 Democratic National Convention/Pool via REUTERS

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley Biden speaks by video feed through the 4th and closing night time of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as members from throughout the nation are hosted over video hyperlinks from the initially deliberate website of the conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 20, 2020. 2020 Democratic National Convention/Pool by way of REUTERS

O’Keefe confirmed the Times’ reporting, releasing a video message addressing his group’s obvious ties to the diary and declaring “Project Veritas came under attack.”

“I woke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents,” O’Keefe started. “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.”

O’Keefe alleged that “within an hour” of the FBI’s raid of the house of a Project Veritas reporter, the Times contacted that reporter for remark. 

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“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 mentioned. “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,” O’Keefe asserted. 

The Project Veritas founder then defined that “tipsters” approached his group late final yr alleging to have Ashley Biden’s diary containing “explosive allegations” about her father, then the Democratic nominee, and that the diary was allegedly deserted in a room that she had stayed at and that they stayed after. 

The “tipsters,” who O’Keefe mentioned he had by no means met prior, had been apparently negotiating with media shops to promote Biden’s diary and that finally, Project Veritas didn’t publish the e book’s contents as a result of his group was not in a position to independently confirm its authenticity. 

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“Project Veritas gave the diary to law enforcement to ensure it could be returned to its rightful owner. We never published it,” O’Keefe mentioned. “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?”

O’Keefe went on to assert the investigation “smacks of politics” however that Project Veritas will “not back down.”

Political activist James O'Keefe poses for a photo as he attends the New York screening of the Mike Cernovich film "Hoaxed" in Manhattan in New York City, U.S., December 9, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Political activist James O’Keefe poses for a photograph as he attends the New York screening of the Mike Cernovich movie “Hoaxed” in Manhattan in New York City, U.S., December 9, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Fox News authorized analyst Gregg Jarrett appeared on “Hannity” Friday and careworn there is a “huge difference” between what Ashley Biden’s lawyer has alleged that her diary was stolen versus what O’Keefe alleged about it being left behind in a room, saying “one’s a crime and the other one isn’t.”

“Project Veritas did the right thing,” Jarrett instructed Fox News’ 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 involved in it.”

Jarrett insisted that even when the diary was the topic of a theft, it could be a “state crime” relatively than a federal crime and that the investigation, which allegedly started underneath Attorney General William Barr, has turn into an “enormous conflict of interest” with President Biden now in workplace. 

“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,” Garrett mentioned. “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.”