James O’Keefe testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a subject that both sides actually agree on and that is using federal law enforcement as a hammer against the free press. It all started with Ashley Biden’s diary. Somehow, Project Veritas got their hands on it, but since they couldn’t verify it, they tried to give it to her lawyers that refused to take it. They then turned to law enforcement and gave the diary to them.
That’s when the nightmare began. The homes of reporters were raided and their electronics confiscated and then O’Keefe was raided. Project Veritas went to court, claiming there was no legal reason for the raids and a judge agreed and instructed the FBI to leave the material alone until a Special master he appointed could look at the material. Yeah, like you could trust Christopher Wray in a billion years or the corrupted agents working under him.
Here is the transcript:
O’Keefe: “Ashley Biden’s attorney, a woman named Roberta Kaplan, responded by saying, ‘We should send to the southern district of New York. In just 24 days, Ms. Kaplan got her political favor fulfilled when the Southern District of New York approved the first of nineteen secret subpoenas.'”
Rep Norman: “Is this collusion, in your opinion, with what’s happening really to both of you all in your opinion?”
O’Keefe: “I think Ashley Biden’s attorney’s statement about ‘we should send to the Southern District of New York’ is self-evident. There is also a poster in the room. You can see the four photos there; we find this extraordinary that Roberta Kaplan is the same attorney [representing] Ashley Biden. She’s also the same attorney for former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and she represents the woman married to the son of the U.S. attorney who signed all the secret warrants against me. So, those are the facts, and [they] are pretty self-evident facts, and I don’t wish to opine beyond the facts.”
Rep Norman: “That’s unbelievable. Every American needs to know what not only you all have gone through but to see these facts.”
O’Keefe: “There’s disparate treatment at the Department of Justice, including how they define journalists. A journalist is a person who regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, and edits information that concerns national stories.”
O’Keefe: “The Southern District of New York wrote in pleadings that I’m not a journalist because I don’t get permission from the subjects I investigate. So that directly contradicts common sense as well as the law. So obviously, we can’t trust the Department of Justice with the power to define who is and who is not a journalist depending upon who’s in charge. That goes against everything the First Amendment stands for, Sir.”