A couple of days after the FBI raided the PV’s O’Keefe home in NY; a federal judge has halted data extraction from his smartphones.
The FBI appeared unannounced to O’Keefe’s home at the beginning of this month. Ashley Biden’s stolen diary triggered the FBI. The rumors were that Ashley Biden’s diary had been stolen.
Why would the FBI go after a diary unless it is harmful to the Biden administration? The time passed, and O’Keefe’s attorney shared that he did nothing wrong. PV decided not to publish the diary they obtained because they didn’t verify if that really belonged to Ashley Biden.
It seems that the federal court is siding with freedom of the press. O’Keefe’s attorney stated that the court halted the PV smartphones’ data extraction.
Every single video from the PV makes us realize how corrupted our government is.
O’Keefe and his lawyers won’t back down to threats. The Judge decided to halt the data extraction, a special master, that is court-appointed, would review the data on O’Keefe’s phone.
The DOJ has O’Keefe’s phone and other data following an FBI raid earlier this month of O’Keefe’s New York home, ostensibly looking for information related to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, President Joe Biden’s daughter.
O’Keefe said at the time that Project Veritas was provided with the diary by another source, but decided not to use any of the information contained therein, and contacted law enforcement. It is unclear why the FBI conducted the raid, and critics have pointed out that the government’s actions could also be an attempt to suppress an opposition-minded journalist.
A “special master” would be a court-appointed official who would review the data on O’Keefe’s phone to ensure that none of it involves privileged material that generally cannot be used by the government, such as communications from O’Keefe to his attorneys.
A similar “special master” was appointed to review materials seized from Michael Cohen, a former lawyer to President Donald Trump, when his home and office were raided in 2018 by the FBI partly at the direction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The “special master” would not necessarily stop the DOJ from using information on O’Keefe’s phone, but limit its access.
The Biden admin has weaponized the DOJ and forced it to attack Conservatives who go against the narrative.
The New York Times reported:
Project Veritas has long occupied a gray area between investigative journalism and political spying, and internal documents obtained by The New York Times reveal the extent to which the group has worked with its lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.
The documents, a series of memos written by the group’s lawyer, detail ways for Project Veritas sting operations — which typically diverge from standard journalistic practice by employing people who mask their real identities or create fake ones to infiltrate target organizations — to avoid breaking federal statutes such as the law against lying to government officials.
The documents show, for example, Project Veritas operatives’ concern that an operation launched in 2018 to secretly record employees at the F.B.I., Justice Department and other agencies in the hope of exposing bias against President Donald J. Trump might violate the Espionage Act — the law passed at the height of World War I that has typically been used to prosecute spies.
“Because intent is relevant — and broadly defined — ensuring PV journalists’ intent is narrow and lawful would be paramount in any operation,” the group’s media lawyer, Benjamin Barr, wrote in response to questions from the group about using the dating app Tinder to have its operatives meet government employees, potentially including some with national security clearances.
In a separate July 2017 memorandum, Mr. Barr emailed a representative of the group that the criminal statute involving false statements to federal officials “continues to be an expansive, dangerous law that inhibits Veritas’s operations.”
The documents give new insight into the workings of the group at a time when it faces potential legal peril in the diary investigation — and has signaled that its defense will rely in part on casting itself as a journalistic organization protected by the First Amendment.
The F.B.I. last week searched the homes of Mr. O’Keefe and two former Project Veritas operatives — Eric Cochran and Spencer Meads — as part of the investigation into the reported theft of Ms. Biden’s diary. Mr. O’Keefe has acknowledged receiving a grand jury subpoena in the case.
Mr. O’Keefe and his lawyer, Paul Calli, revealed new details about the diary investigation and F.B.I. search to Sean Hannity on Fox News on Monday. During the interview, Mr. Calli said that Project Veritas had paid for the right to publish the diary but was unable to confirm it belonged to Ms. Biden and ultimately decided not to go ahead with a story about its contents. Excerpts from the diary were later published by another conservative website.
One of the crimes listed on Mr. O’Keefe’s search warrant was “transporting material across state lines,” his lawyer said. There is a criminal statute against taking stolen goods from one state to another.
Mr. O’Keefe said the F.B.I. took his phones, which had confidential donor and source information. He said that neither he nor his group had done anything wrong, and that the F.B.I. searches were an assault on the First Amendment.