Days following the FBI raid of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s New York home, a federal judge has halted data extraction from his smartphones.
The FBI showed up unannounced to O’Keefe’s home earlier this month.
It seems the FBI- or rather the Biden administration- was triggered by Ashley Biden’s diary.
The notion circulating from the Biden administration is that the diary of Ashley Biden was stolen.
Why would the FBI go after a diary unless it was damaging to the Biden administration?
As the days passed since the raid on O’Keefe, he came out with his attorney to assert that he did nothing wrong.
Project Veritas chose not to publish the diary brought to them because they could not verify it belonged to Ashley Biden.
Thankfully, it appears the federal court is siding with freedom of the press.
On Thursday, O’Keefe’s attorney announced that the federal court halted the extraction of the Project Veritas smartphones’ data.
BREAKING! The federal court has just ordered the DOJ to STOP extracting data from our client, journalist James O’Keefe’s phone, and ordered a hearing. Counsel for Project Veritas asked the court to do this yesterday! pic.twitter.com/nBrmf4myuj
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 11, 2021
Project Veritas held off on publishing the contents of Ashley Biden’s alleged diary because they couldn’t verify it’s authenticity.
So if the FBI is investigating the theft of this diary, it means it’s real.
Now that we know it’s real..
What’s in Ashley Biden’s diary? https://t.co/jUsrYKIhXf
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 6, 2021
Free media serves Americans as a watchdog that can investigate, report, and awaken others to government tyranny and misdoings.
Project Veritas has a long list of uncovered corruption, from voter fraud to aborted fetal cells in mRNA vaccines to FDA employees wanting to “blow dart” the unvaccinated.
Just a little Project Veritas Super Blow Dart Cut that I made. Hope everyone enjoys especially The good folks at Project Veritas and @EricSpracklen keep up the awesome work. #blowdarts pic.twitter.com/asIc5Vh50N
— Punks not dead it's just conservative now. (@sophmorejohn) September 23, 2021
James O’Keefe exposes NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s “secret” plan to enforce vaccine mandates after re-election. Project Veritas strikes again!pic.twitter.com/f4oyfh1AVo
— Great Negro Man 🇺🇸 (@goodblackdude) October 28, 2021
— Paula 🤔🇬🇷🕊 (@pa_ra) November 7, 2021
Project Veritas…. pic.twitter.com/Bl6sPNd6fa
— Annelise 🩸 (@Annelise177177) November 4, 2021
The FBI raid seems like an attack to silence free speech by threatening O’Keefe.
Every Project Veritas video wakes up another person to the corruption within our government.
The Ashley Biden diary could potentially wake up the Biden voter base to the true nature of the Biden crime family.
Which makes its contents, and therefore Project Veritas, dangerous to them.
O’Keefe and his attorneys aren’t backing down to the threats.
Now that the judge has ruled a halt to the data extraction, a “special master,” that is court-appointed, would review the data on O’Keefe’s phone.
The “special master” is there to ensure none of the data extraction involves privileged material that the government cannot use.
BREAKING: DOJ ORDERED TO STOP EXTRACTING JAMES O'KEEFE'S PHONE: PV Files For Special Master; Judge Halts DOJ Extraction pic.twitter.com/KC6ru3Cw7U
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 11, 2021
Breitbart has more:
The DOJ has O’Keefe’s phone and other data following an FBI raid earlier this month of O’Keefe’s New York home, ostensibly looking for information related to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, President Joe Biden’s daughter.
O’Keefe said at the time that Project Veritas was provided with the diary by another source, but decided not to use any of the information contained therein, and contacted law enforcement. It is unclear why the FBI conducted the raid, and critics have pointed out that the government’s actions could also be an attempt to suppress an opposition-minded journalist.
A “special master” would be a court-appointed official who would review the data on O’Keefe’s phone to ensure that none of it involves privileged material that generally cannot be used by the government, such as communications from O’Keefe to his attorneys.
A similar “special master” was appointed to review materials seized from Michael Cohen, a former lawyer to President Donald Trump, when his home and office were raided in 2018 by the FBI partly at the direction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The “special master” would not necessarily stop the DOJ from using information on O’Keefe’s phone, but limit its access.
The Biden administration has weaponized his DOJ to attack Conservatives and anyone going against the narrative.
When the administration and media are both compromised, the truth remains censored.
It’s a blatant attack on our Constitution.
And our God-given sovereignty.
Many view the federal judge’s ruling as a win for freedom-loving Americans.
FBI is a criminal oraganisation!
NEW – FBI reportedly leaked attorney-client privileged communications from Project Veritas' devices to the New York Times after a federal judge ordered the DOJ/FBI to stop extracting data from James O'Keefe's devices.https://t.co/Au5VCXJnx8
— Brandon is not my President (@RoughNecPatriot) November 12, 2021
This entire fiasco is in direct violation of the Privacy Protection Act & very fittingly a federal judge has ordered the DOJ to stop its unconstitutional data extraction from James O'Keefe & Project Veritashttps://t.co/tKMbST41m1
— Chazz Sutton (@chazzsutton) November 12, 2021
Naturally, not the New York Times!
Since the FBI raid, the NYT has been leaking Project Veritas private communications.
The FBI raided Project Veritas on a pretext and is now leaking their privileged communications to the New York Times
This is a scandal pic.twitter.com/gll5PG4ShW
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) November 12, 2021
Then on Thursday, the same day the federal judge ordered a halt to the data extraction, the NYT published a hit piece on James O’Keefe, accusing him of crossing the line between “journalism and political spying.”
The New York Times has more:
Project Veritas has long occupied a gray area between investigative journalism and political spying, and internal documents obtained by The New York Times reveal the extent to which the group has worked with its lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.
The documents, a series of memos written by the group’s lawyer, detail ways for Project Veritas sting operations — which typically diverge from standard journalistic practice by employing people who mask their real identities or create fake ones to infiltrate target organizations — to avoid breaking federal statutes such as the law against lying to government officials.
The documents show, for example, Project Veritas operatives’ concern that an operation launched in 2018 to secretly record employees at the F.B.I., Justice Department and other agencies in the hope of exposing bias against President Donald J. Trump might violate the Espionage Act — the law passed at the height of World War I that has typically been used to prosecute spies.
“Because intent is relevant — and broadly defined — ensuring PV journalists’ intent is narrow and lawful would be paramount in any operation,” the group’s media lawyer, Benjamin Barr, wrote in response to questions from the group about using the dating app Tinder to have its operatives meet government employees, potentially including some with national security clearances.
In a separate July 2017 memorandum, Mr. Barr emailed a representative of the group that the criminal statute involving false statements to federal officials “continues to be an expansive, dangerous law that inhibits Veritas’s operations.”
The documents give new insight into the workings of the group at a time when it faces potential legal peril in the diary investigation — and has signaled that its defense will rely in part on casting itself as a journalistic organization protected by the First Amendment.
The F.B.I. last week searched the homes of Mr. O’Keefe and two former Project Veritas operatives — Eric Cochran and Spencer Meads — as part of the investigation into the reported theft of Ms. Biden’s diary. Mr. O’Keefe has acknowledged receiving a grand jury subpoena in the case.
Mr. O’Keefe and his lawyer, Paul Calli, revealed new details about the diary investigation and F.B.I. search to Sean Hannity on Fox News on Monday. During the interview, Mr. Calli said that Project Veritas had paid for the right to publish the diary but was unable to confirm it belonged to Ms. Biden and ultimately decided not to go ahead with a story about its contents. Excerpts from the diary were later published by another conservative website.
One of the crimes listed on Mr. O’Keefe’s search warrant was “transporting material across state lines,” his lawyer said. There is a criminal statute against taking stolen goods from one state to another.
Mr. O’Keefe said the F.B.I. took his phones, which had confidential donor and source information. He said that neither he nor his group had done anything wrong, and that the F.B.I. searches were an assault on the First Amendment.
In a free America, journalism should never be under attack.
The attack on Project Veritas is also an attack on all our freedom of press, fittingly orchestrated by a communist regime.
It’s well past time now that China Joe’s gotta go!