Project Veritas Denies Any Wrongdoing After Receiving Supposed Ashley Biden Diary

Project Veritas is in hot water with federal agents after allegedly obtaining a diary of President Joe Biden's youngest daughter, Ashley, the Associated Press reported.

Agents on Friday searched multiple New York homes of people affiliated with the controversial conservative group. In a new YouTube video, Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe said that the group had received a grand jury subpoena because of the diary. He claims that the group never "engaged in any illegal conduct" and said he has "no doubt Project Veritas acted appropriately at each and every step."

Project Veritas is perhaps most well known for its use of hidden cameras and identities in order to obtain information from journalists to expose what they interpret as liberal bias.

The group allegedly was contacted by a tipster regarding the diary last year. O'Keefe said in the video that the tipster claimed that the diary contained "explosive allegations against then-candidate Joe Biden." During their contacts with the Justice Department, they had "conveyed unassailable facts that demonstrate Project Veritas' lack of involvement in criminal activity and/or criminal intent."

Project Veritas decided not to publish information in the diary, mainly because it could not verify whether the diary actually did belong to Ashley Biden.

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Project Veritas James O'Keefe speaks at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, on November 29, 2017. Federal agents on Friday searched the New York homes of people tied to the conservative group months after it received a diary that a tipster claimed belonged to President Joe Biden’s youngest daughter, Ashley. Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File

An FBI spokesman confirmed that agents had conducted "court authorized law enforcement activity" at an apartment in Manhattan and an address in Mamaroneck in Westchester County. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan declined to comment.

The tipsters said the diary had been "abandoned in a room" after she left the room.

O'Keefe said the tipsters who had provided the diary had contacted the group and at the time said they were also negotiating with another organization to sell the information.

O'Keefe said his group tried to return the diary to a lawyer for Ashely Biden and later provided it to law enforcement, though he did not specify which agency the group contacted.

Newsweek previously reported that O'Keefe was suspended from Twitter in April and announced plans to file a defamation lawsuit. He was banned from the platform over claims he operated multiple fake accounts.

"I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I...'operated fake accounts,'" O'Keefe said in a statement. "This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday."

The status of the lawsuit is unknown.

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Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe concludes his speech during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hilton Anatole on July 9, 2021, in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images