NEW YORK (AP) – Federal agents ransacked the New York homes of people associated with the conservative group Project Veritas, months after the group received a diary that the whistleblower claimed belonged to President Joe Biden’s youngest daughter, reported Friday. its leader.
In a video posted on YouTube, James O’Keefe said his organization received a jury subpoena and said federal agents had searched the homes of current and former Project Veritas employees.
The conservative group is known for using hidden cameras and concealing identities to trap journalists in awkward conversations and expose alleged liberal biases.
An FBI spokesman confirmed that the agents were conducting “court-sanctioned law enforcement” at an apartment in Manhattan and at an address in Mamaroneck, Westchester County. The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to comment.
O’Keeffe said his group never threatened anyone and “did not engage in illegal behavior.” He said that “there is no doubt that Project Veritas has acted appropriately at every stage.”
In the video, O’Keeffe says his group was contacted late last year by “informers” who claimed to have a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary. The tipsters said the diary was “thrown in the room” after she left the room, O’Keefe said, adding that the diary contained “explosive accusations against then-candidate Joe Biden,” according to informants.
He said that the group’s lawyers contacted the Department of Justice prior to the searches, which were first reported by The New York Times, and “provided compelling evidence demonstrating that Project Veritas was not involved in criminal activity and / or malice. “
O’Keefe said the informers who provided the diary contacted the group and said at the time that they were also in talks with another organization to sell information. Project Veritas ultimately did not release the diary information, in part because the group was unable to determine if it belonged to Ashley Biden or if the information was accurate, he said.
O’Keeffe said his group tried to return the diary to Ashley Biden’s lawyer and then turned it over to law enforcement, although he did not specify which agency the group contacted.