Project Veritas loses privilege claims in Ashley Biden case

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe describes the FBI’s search on a staffer’s home in a YouTube video.

The Department of Justice’s seizure of materials from the home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and other staffers does not threaten First Amendment freedoms or journalistic privilege, a special master ruled on Tuesday.

“This is not a situation where the Government is deputizing Petitioners to do its investigative work for it; the Government is investigating Petitioners,” former federal judge Barbara Jones noted in a 21-page report and recommendation.

The petitioners listed in the ruling are O’Keefe and two other staffers: Spencer Meads and Eric Cochran.

On Nov. 3, 2021, the FBI executed a search warrant on O’Keefe’s property and those of two other staffers pursuing their investigation into the theft and sale of Ashley Biden’s journal. Two people, Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit interstate transportation of stolen property last August.

Since that time, Project Veritas appears to have been fracturing. O’Keefe announced his departure from the group earlier this year, as the group’s board accused him of spending “an excessive amount of donor funds in the last three years on personal luxuries.”

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