The FBI searched the house of James O’Keefe, the founding father of conservative outfit Venture 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 Occasions reported.
The search of O’Keefe’s house in Mamaroneck, New York, comes at some point after O’Keefe launched an announcement acknowledging that the group, which makes a speciality of “sting” movies that includes activists, politicians and the media, had been approached by individuals 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 replica of Ashley Biden’s diary,” O’Keefe mentioned in an announcement on the Venture Veritas web site. “The tipsters indicated that they had been negotiating with a unique media outlet for the fee of monies for the diary.”
He continued: “On the finish of the day, we made the moral choice that as a result of, partially, we couldn’t decide if the diary was actual, if the diary actually 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.
Venture Veritas press secretary R.C. Maxwell instructed CNBC in an e-mail Saturday that they “wouldn’t have any additional remark” past Friday’s assertion.
Whereas Venture Veritas didn’t publish excerpts from the diary, handwritten pages had been printed 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 handle as Department Six Consulting Worldwide, an organization run by Richard Seddon, an ex-British spy who has labored intently with Venture Veritas, in response to the Occasions. O’Keefe was as soon as listed because the president of an organization at this handle.
On Thursday, the FBI additionally searched the New York houses of present and former members of Venture Veritas as a part of their investigation, in response to an announcement on the group’s web site and the New York Occasions.