The FBI searched the house of James O’Keefe, the founding father of conservative outfit Undertaking Veritas, on Saturday as a part of its investigation into the potential theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, President Biden’s daughter, The New York Times reported.
The search of O’Keefe’s condominium in Mamaroneck, New York, comes at some point after O’Keefe released a statement acknowledging that the group, which makes a speciality of “sting” movies that includes activists, politicians and the media, had been approached by folks claiming to have Ashley’s diary. O’Keefe mentioned the group determined to not publish it.
“Late final yr, we had been approached by tipsters claiming they’d a duplicate of Ashley Biden’s diary,” O’Keefe mentioned in a press release on the Undertaking Veritas web site. “The tipsters indicated that they had been negotiating with a special media outlet for the cost of monies for the diary.”
He continued: “On the finish of the day, we made the moral determination that as a result of, partly, we couldn’t decide if the diary was actual, if the diary the truth is belonged to Ashley Biden, or if the contents of the diary occurred, we couldn’t publish the diary and any half thereof.” He added that the group turned the diary over to legislation enforcement.
Undertaking Veritas press secretary R.C. Maxwell informed CNBC in an e-mail Saturday that they “do not need any additional remark” past Friday’s assertion.
Whereas Undertaking Veritas didn’t publish excerpts from the diary, handwritten pages had been revealed on a right-wing web site proper earlier than Election Day final yr. Flyover Media, the corporate that owns the web site, is registered to the identical Wyoming deal with as Department Six Consulting Worldwide, an organization run by Richard Seddon, an ex-British spy who has labored carefully with Undertaking Veritas, in response to the Occasions. O’Keefe was as soon as listed because the president of an organization at this deal with.
On Thursday, the FBI additionally searched the New York houses of present and former members of Undertaking Veritas as a part of their investigation, in response to a statement on the group’s website and the New York Occasions.