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American News Dec 29, 2021 1:42 PM EST

James O'Keefe torches Jake Tapper over pedo producer scandal in new interview with Jack Posobiec

"The whole point of journalism is to report on things that they don't want reported on. Otherwise, you're just an ombudsman for the fraudsters," O'Keefe said.

James O'Keefe torches Jake Tapper over pedo producer scandal in new interview with Jack Posobiec
Mia Cathell The Post Millennial

Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe slammed CNN personality Jake Tapper over the embattled left-wing network's pedophile producer scandal in an explosive interview with Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec.

Posobiec interviewed O'Keefe at Turning Point USA's AmericaFest in Phoenix, Arizona, mid-month for a special episode of the Human Events Daily podcast.

One of the most recent bombshell reports O'Keefe's investigative Project Veritas published had uncovered another pedophilia scandal involving a CNN producer.

The disturbing videos and texts Project Veritas revealed show a primetime producer at CNN fantasizing about sexual acts with a child in graphic detail.

Project Veritas later released the name of the CNN staffer in question, "The Lead with Jake Tapper" producer Rick Saleeby, who appeared in Fairfax County, Virginia, court Tuesday. Confronted by a Project Veritas crew, Saleeby refused to answer as to whether or not he was still working for the cable news network.

"So my question is: Is Rick Saleeby still working for CNN? Jake Tapper, what say you? What is the status of your employee? Last time you secretly fired Steve Brusk. That was another guy we exposed," O'Keefe questioned, naming CNN's former politics supervising producer who was accused of sexual misconduct.

O'Keefe said he has called on Tapper to verify Saleeby's voice on the audio recordings. "What I want to ask Japper Tapper though is: 'Jake, when I do this work, and I'm on TV and you're on TV, Jake, there's a thing called the IFB. And that's that little headphone that goes in your ear. And what are you listening to is that it's your producers voice. You always hear whether on the other side of the glass or whoever it was or the camera, the lights etc.' I don't think there's anyone else on Earth who's more qualified to identify that voice than Jake Tapper himself," O'Keefe said. Posobiec added, "He won't do it."

"So Jake, just tell us yes or no is that the voice?" O'Keefe fired off.

Following the report's publication, the investigateCNN's official Twitter account where the story was posted from was suspended. "Twitter took down the video, and it was at one point 1.3 million views," Posobiec said. "Why is Twitter taking down a video exposing this guy who's fantasized about an underage girl?"

Pivoting, the two also blasted the Biden administration's Department of Justice that has waged months-long lawfare against Project Veritas and O'Keefe.

"This was something that quite literally came to you and came to your doorstep," Posobiec preluded O'Keefe's most recent fight against the establishment.

President Joe Biden's adminstration has weaponized the Department of Justice to carry out its bidding and investigate Project Veritas for acquiring Ashley Biden’s diary. The possession of the diary belonging to Biden's daughter has become a high-profile matter of prosecutorial inquiry. Back in early November, the FBI raided two residences associated with Project Veritas in connection to the diary. Days later, FBI agents launched a predawn raid on O'Keefe's own home.

O'Keefe described the chaotic scene when dozens of federal agents appeared with a battering ram to seize cell phones pursuant to a court order as he stood handcuffed in a hallway. "They've sort of crossed a Rubicon that they've never yet crossed before," O'Keefe said. "And they were doing it sort of because I am a journalist."

"They don't believe in equal justice under the law," O'Keefe continued, noting that the prosecutors claimed in motions to the court that he is not a journalist because he doesn't receive permission from the subjects Project Veritas reports on.

O'Keefe lambasted the "absurd" argument. "It's the law of non-contradiction. The whole point of journalism is to report on things that they don't want reported on. Otherwise, you're just an ombudsman for the fraudsters," O'Keefe quipped.

Posobiec prompted O'Keefe to divulge more details about the FBI situation. "Where do things stand now or, as far as you know, are able to tell us?" he asked.

O'Keefe stated that the Obama-appointed judge in Southern District of New York—which is federal jurisdiction and sometimes called the "sovereign district" because "they do what they want to do"—ordered "a special master," a subordinate official appointed to ensure that judicial orders are followed on the court's behalf.

The federal judge cited "journalistic privilege" for the special master to view the contents of the electronic devices seized from the Project Veritas properties.

Posobiec questioned what the probable cause was for the executed search warrant.

"We don't know the basis because the affidavit is sealed when the magistrate judge signs it," O'Keefe replied, mentioning that Attorney General Merrick Garland even penned a memo in July, forbidding search warrants against journalists.

"Whoever made this decision, they made a mistake..." O'Keefe fired back at the prosecutorial witch hunt. "And now it's come out that the thing looks like it wasn't even stolen. And even if it was, which I didn't know if it was at the time, I had my First Amendment right to publish whatever someone gives to me. And I chose not to publish it. And I chose to try to ask for comment," O'Keefe stressed.

O'Keefe reiterated that he reached out to Biden for comment. "Why did you do that? I thought you said you weren't going to publish the diary," O'Keefe parodied the prosecution's argument. "Well, yes. I made the decision. Editorially, I couldn't authenticate it. I wasn't certain that it was hers. And I wasn't certain if the things inside of the diary happened, but I still felt it was a good idea to call for comment or have Jared, my lawyer, reach out to them and see what they had to say."

Posobiec recalled the Cultural Revolution that took place in China. "One of [the CPP's] most infamous tactics was the struggle session," Posobiec stated, referring to a form of public humiliation and torture carried out in the Mao era.

"And the show trial, making someone get up in front of their peers, repudiate themselves, admit that they did wrong and have internalized that—I think that's where they're going with you," Posobiec described to O'Keefe.

O'Keefe asked Posobiec for guidance on what Project Veritas should do next. "My advice is stand your ground," Posobiec advised. "I know you will."

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