In a statement released by Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe, he revealed that the FBI had raided the homes of current and former Project Veritas journalists on November 4th, seemingly stemming from the journalists doing nothing more than their jobs.

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O’Keefe dove into how he found out about the raids the morning after they occurred.

“I awoke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents. 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. Or at least, this journalist.”

O’Keefe shared details contained on a cover letter from a grand jury subpoena Project Veritas received in relation to the matter, where the Department of Justice had actually urged O’Keefe to not deliver any public statement regarding the investigation.

“The Government hereby requests that you voluntarily refrain from disclosing the existence of the subpoena to any third party,” the statement said. “While you are under no obligation to comply with our request, we are requesting you not to make any disclosure in order to preserve the confidentiality of the investigation and because disclosure of the existence of this investigation might interfere with and impede the investigation.”

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What O’Keefe found particularly odd was that while the Department of Justice requested that he not openly speak about the subpoena, he found out that the New York Times directly contacted one of his journalists within an hour of their home being raided by the FBI.

“But while the Department of Justice requested us to not disclose the existence of the subpoena, something very unusual happened,” O’Keefe’s statement continued. “Within an hour of one of our reporters’ homes being secretly raided by the FBI, The New York Times, who we are currently suing for defamation, contacted the Project Veritas reporter for comment.

“We do not know how The New York Times was aware of the execution of a search warrant at our reporter’s home, or the subject matter of the search warrant, as a Grand Jury investigation is secret.”

The FBI seized materials from the journalists’ homes during the raids, with O’Keefe pointing out that neither he nor any members of his team have engaged in any illegal activity in what this investigation apparently relates to: a diary that Project Veritas looked into that tipsters purported belonged to Ashley Biden.

As in, President Joe Biden’s daughter.

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“Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary,” O’Keefe said. “We had never met or heard of the tipsters. The tipsters indicated that the diary had been abandoned in a room in which Ms. Biden stayed at the time, and in which the tipsters stayed in temporarily after Ms. Biden departed the room.

“The tipsters indicated that the diary included explosive allegations against then-candidate Joe Biden. The tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary. The tipsters were represented by attorneys who handled the negotiations with Project Veritas.”

O’Keefe said that after looking into the diary that purportedly belonged to Ashley Biden, Project Veritas couldn’t validate the authenticity of the diary and first attempted handing it off to an attorney who represented Ashely Biden.

When Ashley Biden’s attorney didn’t want the diary, O’Keefe said it was handed off to police so that they could determine who the rightful owner was and deal with it from there on. O’Keefe added that Project Veritas published no information contained within the unverified diary.

However, for reasons that O’Keefe doesn’t understand, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice is claiming that the diary was stolen.

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“Now, Ms. Biden’s Father’s Department of Justice, specifically the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, appears to be investigating the situation, claiming the diary was stolen.

“We don’t know if it was, but it begs the question: in what world is the alleged theft of a diary investigated by the President’s FBI and his Department of Justice? A diary! This federal investigation smacks of politics. Project Veritas never threatened or engaged in any illegal conduct.”

O’Keefe believes that this is an intimidation tactic being used against him and Project Veritas, a means to scare them into silence. But more importantly, he added that this is also an attack on every American’s right to free speech.

“When the FBI and the Southern District of New York seize reporter’s notebooks, it is not just an attack on Project Veritas. It is an attack on every American and our sacred right to free speech and a free press. The First Amendment is first for a reason: it guarantees all the other rights that follow, because it’s about accountability.

“Without accountability, freedom itself is an illusion.”

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The Project Veritas founder concluded his statement with saying that the First Amendment is a right that people of all political stripes enjoy and should staunchly defend.

“The First Amendment doesn’t just matter to people on one side. It matters to people on all sides. That is why I’m calling on all Americans, and especially all journalists, to stand with us for the right to free speech, the free press, and to send a message that the politics of fear will not prevail in the United States of America.”