FBI Goes Full Gestapo on Press Freedom and Project Veritas

When Project Veritas broke the story over the missing diary of Biden’s daughter, the FBI decided to send a goon squad to terrorize a journalist and leaked the information of the raid to their leftwing oligarch-supporting tools at the NY Times.

 

 

Tucker Carlson, Fox News host: “So, here’s an interesting story. During the final days of the last election, Project Veritas, the journalism group, looked into a story about the missing diary of Ashley Biden, the president’s daughter. They didn’t run anything on it. So, just the other day, the FBI knocks down their door, looking for this — purely a political investigation…Amazing how that works. Harmeet Dhillon is a famous civil rights attorney and managing partner of the Dhillon law group. She represents James O’Keefe in this story. She joins us tonight with the very latest on it. Harmeet, thanks a lot for coming on. I mean, I don’t know what even to say about…I mean, what is this?”

Harmeet Dhillon, Project Veritas attorney: “Well, our client James O’Keefe’s home was raided on Saturday morning by the FBI. They had a battering ram, and they threw him out in the hallway and took, you know, in handcuffs and took his phones. Now a lot of privileged information was on his phones, including communications with — by my count four dozen different lawyers over the years. And coincidentally, this publication came out this afternoon from The New York Times. Now, I can’t say with a certainty how The New York Times got this information, but I can say that they got it in a way that is illegal and unethical. And so, we have to ask that question. You know, what we have right now is a very disturbing situation of the U.S. attorney’s office and/or the FBI tipping off The New York Times to each of the raids on Project Veritas — current and former employees. Last week — we know that — because minutes after these raids occurred, they got calls from The New York Times, which is the only journalism outlet that knew about it. And they published this hit piece today, which is really despicable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this low from The New York Times before — to publish people’s private legal communications. And by the way, what does it prove? New York Times? All it proves is that Project Veritas is an honest and thoughtful journalistic organization that sought legal advice before making various publications. That’s what Fox News does. That’s what The New York Times does. And that’s what every major journalism outlet does. So, I don’t know what ‘gotcha’ they think they were doing there other than they got themselves. Because they criticized Project Veritas for its tactics. And yet they sink so low, Tucker.” 

Tucker: “We know for a fact that this administration leaks confidential information about its critics to news outlets, they did it to me personally. So, I know for a fact that they do it. Is there any way to catch them in the act of doing this? Which I think would be a crime?” 

Harmeet: “Well, the first thing that we have done in response to the seizure of our client’s telephones, that include not just the legal information that I just mentioned, but also confidential source information, including sources in the Biden administration and in corporate America, and including donor information, which is also protected by the First Amendment. So, you have multiple First Amendment issues here. We asked the court to order a special master, to review this information and let the Southern District of New York prosecutors and the FBI look at it without somebody separating out this information. The government would not agree to do that voluntarily, but we went to court and today a federal judge did order the government to stop looking at these phones. So ultimately, we’re going to get some answers as to what was reviewed and what they did with it. It may be a long time. We may never know what they’ve done. The government still hasn’t admitted on your situation Tucker, that they did something illegal. I think they did. And you think they did. And there’s a lot of this going on. The DOJ has specific regulations about this. There’s also a federal statute called the Privacy Protection Act that protects journalists and their information from exactly this type of thuggish behavior. But what the DOJ has done in this case — they have blown federal law. They have blown the constitution; they have blown due process and civil rights. And now they’re communicating at some level for sure with The New York Times. So, this is a scandal of epic proportions and every journalist who isn’t worried and concerned about this should hang up their journalism card, ditto, all First Amendment lawyers as well.”

Tucker: “Yeah. And here’s The New York Times participating in the defense of the regime it’s supposed to be covering. I mean, it’s the deepest level of corruption. Harmeet Dhillon. Great to see you tonight. Thank you.

The shitbags at the NY Times hate being confronted about their role as the state media for the Dem party.

James O’Keefe’s statement on the collusion between the FBI and the NY Times:

I awoke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents. 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.

I had to think long and hard before making this statement. It’s a decision that only I can make. They don’t want me to defend myself and immediately tried to silence me. That’s why the cover letter for the Grand Jury Subpoena we received contains this language:

“The Government hereby requests that you voluntarily refrain from disclosing the existence of the subpoena to any third party. While you are under no obligation to comply with our request, we are requesting you not to make any disclosure in order to preserve the confidentiality of the investigation and because disclosure of the existence of this investigation might interfere with and impede the investigation.”

But while the Department of Justice requested us to not disclose the existence of the subpoena, something very unusual happened. Within an hour of one of our reporters’ homes being secretly raided by the FBI, The New York Times, who we are currently suing for defamation, contacted the Project Veritas reporter for comment. 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.

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. Like any reporter, we regularly deal with the receipt of source information and take steps to verify its authenticity, legality, and newsworthiness. 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.

However, it appears journalism itself may now be on trial.

Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary. We had never met or heard of the tipsters. The tipsters indicated that the diary had been abandoned in a room in which Ms. Biden stayed at the time, and in which the tipsters stayed in temporarily after Ms. Biden departed the room. The tipsters indicated that the diary included explosive allegations against then-candidate, Joe Biden. The tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary. The tipsters were represented by attorneys who handled the negotiations with Project Veritas.

We investigated the claims provided to us, as journalists do. We took steps to corroborate the authenticity of the diary. 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. We attempted to return the diary to an attorney representing Ms. Biden, but that attorney refused to authenticate it. Project Veritas gave the diary to law enforcement to ensure it could be returned to its rightful owner. We never published it. 

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! This federal investigation smacks of politics. Project Veritas never threatened or engaged in any illegal conduct.

Should the Southern District of New York try to take away our First Amendment rights to uncover and publish newsworthy stories without government intimidation, be assured, Project Veritas will not back down.

Nothing stops at Project Veritas.

Let me be clear. Our mission is to serve the public’s right to know by illuminating, revealing and exposing information others wish to hide for the wrong reasons. To quote Lord Acton, we believe everything kept secret degenerates. We don’t mislead or conceal. We investigate facts and potential newsworthy information. Sometimes, as was the case here, after we investigate, we decide to not publish a news story. Project Veritas will run from nothing, and we will hide from nothing. We exist for the very purpose of discovering and revealing the truth, in hope to make the world a more transparent place.

Now, this is not the first time we have been attacked and it will not be the last. We know why.  We’ve investigated powerful people, and, in many ways, we are the tip of the spear, but we never break the law. Our rule is to act as if there are 12 jurors on our shoulders all the time. The truth will vindicate us.

When the FBI and the Southern District of New York seize reporter’s notebooks, it is not just an attack on Project Veritas. It is an attack on every American and our sacred right to free speech and a free press. The First Amendment is first for a reason: it guarantees all the other rights that follow, because it’s about accountability. Without accountability, freedom itself is an illusion.

So, the great question is: Is this an indicator in the direction that America is going?

We’ve gone far beyond the point of partisan politics in this country. They ask us to focus on our divisions. They don’t ask us to focus on the things which unite us. What unites us is so much more powerful than what divides us.

The First Amendment doesn’t just matter to people on one side.  It matters to people on all sides.

The Feds also leaked privileged information between O’Keefe and his lawyers:

On Thursday, New York Times reporters Adam Goldman and Mark Mazzetti published a report based on leaked documents that show how Project Veritas consulted lawyers for legal opinions before using false identities in potential investigative projects—or as the biased reporters put it: “the conservative group worked with lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices could go before running afoul of federal laws.”

Later that day, a federal judge ordered the DOJ to stop extracting data from the phones, granting a request from O’Keefe’s legal team.

……In an interview on Fox News Thursday night, Dhillon called the NYT’s report as a “hit piece,” and suggested that the DOJ had leaked the confidential memos to the Times, which would potentially be a crime.

“I can’t say how the New York Times got this information, but they got it in a way that is illegal and unethical,” Dhillon told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

 

The diary was published, not by Project Veritas, but by the National File. The FBI did not bother to raid their homes or tip off the NY Times in the event of a raid.

Project Veritas has done a hell of a job exposing these douche bags. O’Keefe’s organization does real investigative journalism and makes no apologies for shining a bright light on their faces.  The Dems and their flunkies in the media, FBI and DOJ, hate him for it.

 

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