Project Veritas, the watchdog group that keeps a close eye on corruption and other shady developments in both Washington D.C. and the mainstream media, came under a bizarre attack earlier this month that has raises eyebrows across the country.
As Fox News reported, the FBI raided the home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, along with several other individuals in the organization, in what they called a search for a diary that belonged to President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden. Federal prosecutors out of Manhattan also took part in the raid.
Apparently, the diary was stolen just days before the 2020 presidential election, but O’Keefe and others have remained steadfast that they were not involved in stealing the diary or obtaining it in any illegal manner, and he raised multiple questions as to why the DOJ and FBI would conduct such a raid in the first place.
Questions were also raised as to how The New York Times, which broke the story, were reaching out for comment within an hour of the raid taking place, which to many suggests that they were tipped off well ahead of time.
“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 said at the time.
He added: “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.”
As The Free Press writer Susan Shelley pointed out, the bizarre raid even caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the organization issued its own statement in a rare defense of the conservative watchdog group.
“Nevertheless, the precedent set in this case could have serious consequences for press freedom,” the ACLU admitted, after making sure to point out that it believes Project Veritas has previously “engaged in disgraceful deceptions.”
Shelley also asked the burning question: “Are federal law enforcement officials asserting the power to raid the homes of journalists who receive or publish material illegally obtained and leaked by people in contact with government officials?”