The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched through the home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe two days after they searched the homes of his associates in the Southern District of New York’s inquiry into the theft of Ashley Biden’s diary.
As detailed by the New York Times on Friday, the FBI raided the homes of two people linked to Project Veritas. Sources told the Times that the search warrants were executed on Thursday at one location on East 25th Street and another on Mamaroneck.
On Saturday, the FBI searched the home of James O’Keefe, according to witnesses who spoke to the New York Times. O’Keefe had acknowledged that Project Veritas was under investigation by the Justice Department in connection to the diary.
The Times reported that neighbors who interacted with the FBI were informed that the agents were interested in O’Keefe and searched his apartment while executing a search warrant.
“I ran to the door and looked out the peep hole and clearly saw an F.B.I. raid,” said one of O’Keefe’s neighbors to the Times. “You saw the jackets. Literally, it was just out of a movie.”
In a video statement on Friday, O’Keefe defended his group’s handling of the diary, which the group did not publish. He defended his actions and his colleagues, stating that they were operating as ethical journalists who turned the diary over to the authorities and sought to return it to a lawyer for Ashley Biden.
“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,” Mr. O’Keefe said in the video. “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.”
Last year, details of the diary of Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley surfaced on a website published under the byline of Patrick Howley, just a week and a half before Election Day. At the same time, the Biden campaign was also trying to downplay the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which were leaked to the New York Post.
Howley’s website claimed that it had obtained the diary from a whistleblower for a media organization that refused to publish a story about it before the election. The website also claimed to know the whereabouts of the actual diary and that the whistleblower had a recording admitting the diary belonged to her.
NYMag reported: “Dozens of handwritten pages from Ashley Biden’s journal were published on October 24, 2020 by a right-wing website under the byline of Patrick Howley, a reporter who has on at least two occasions been the first to reveal politically damaging information about Democratic politicians,” including former Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Cal Cunningham. “The posting claimed the diary had been obtained from a whistleblower at a media organization. The published diary pages were mostly ignored by both mainstream and right-wing media at the time.”