Federal agents carried out at least two search warrants at locations associated with the conservative media company Project Veritas as part of a larger investigation into the theft and subsequent public disclosure of a diary written by President Joe Biden’s adult daughter, Ashley Biden, according to reports.
The probe originally began under Attorney General Bill Barr, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, after the Biden family reported a burglary in October 2020.
Following a report in The New York Times on the matter, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe confirmed in a video statement that both current and former employees of the organization had their homes searched Thursday. He also said Project Veritas received a grand jury subpoena — though he denied any wrongdoing.
In a statement Friday, Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe — known for producing “gotcha”-style undercover videos involving Democratic politicians, activists and the media — said his group had been approached by people claiming they had the Biden daughter’s diary, but they decided not to publish it.
“Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary” and “the tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary,” O’Keefe said.
“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.”
He said they turned the diary over to law enforcement after an attorney for Ashley Biden refused to accept or authenticate it.NBC