FBI raids home of Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe

The search was in connection to the theft of a diary written by President Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley Biden

By Brett Bachman

Published November 6, 2021 4:09PM (EDT)

James O'Keefe, an American conservative political activist and founder of Project Veritas, meets with supporters during the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
James O'Keefe, an American conservative political activist and founder of Project Veritas, meets with supporters during the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The FBI raided the home of Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe Saturday, just days after federal agents hit two other locations associated with the conservative media company, according to a report.

The searches were all in connection with an investigation into the theft of a diary written by President Joe Biden's adult daughter, Ashley Biden, according to The New York Times.

An FBI spokesperson confirmed to the paper that it had conducted ""performed law enforcement activity" at O'Keefe's home in Mamaroneck, N.Y., but would not discuss details of the case.


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After news of the investigation became public Friday, O'Keefe released a detailed video statement defending his organization's actions — saying that they were acting as responsible journalists in speaking with sources about the diary, which it never published but was in talks with sources about. 

"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. "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."

RELATED: FBI raids homes of Project Veritas associates as part of probe into theft of Ashley Biden's diary

The probe, which began as an investigation into an October 2020 burglary on Ashley Biden's home, originally began under then-Attorney General Bill Barr, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.


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