The James O’Keefe FBI raid is Soviet-style targeting of independent journalists in order to stop them from reporting stories that the Biden Administration doesn’t like.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 14, 2021
BREAKING: Judge Orders Corrupt FBI to Stop Search of Project Veritas Founder O'Keefe's Phone Following Raid https://t.co/Lon2MNzwzI
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 12, 2021
Instagram has banned any mention of Project Veritas or James Okeefe. pic.twitter.com/XKxVsgYvaR
— TheM0dAlice (@TheM0dalice) November 14, 2021
So it really was Ashley Biden’s diary, yikes.https://t.co/QDpcHczHU0
— Rosie Memos (@almostjingo) November 5, 2021
Tucker Carlson, Fox News host: “So, here’s an interesting story. During the final days of the last election, Project Veritas, the journalism group, looked into a story about the missing diary of Ashley Biden, the president’s daughter. They didn’t run anything on it. So, just the other day, the FBI knocks down their door, looking for this — purely a political investigation...Amazing how that works. Harmeet Dhillon is a famous civil rights attorney and managing partner of the Dhillon law group. She represents James O’Keefe in this story. She joins us tonight with the very latest on it. Harmeet, thanks a lot for coming on. I mean, I don’t know what even to say about…I mean, what is this?”
Harmeet Dhillon, Project Veritas attorney: “Well, our client James O’Keefe’s home was raided on Saturday morning by the FBI. They had a battering ram, and they threw him out in the hallway and took, you know, in handcuffs and took his phones. Now a lot of privileged information was on his phones, including communications with — by my count four dozen different lawyers over the years. And coincidentally, this publication came out this afternoon from The New York Times. Now, I can’t say with a certainty how The New York Times got this information, but I can say that they got it in a way that is illegal and unethical. And so, we have to ask that question. You know, what we have right now is a very disturbing situation of the U.S. attorney’s office and/or the FBI tipping off The New York Times to each of the raids on Project Veritas — current and former employees. Last week — we know that — because minutes after these raids occurred, they got calls from The New York Times, which is the only journalism outlet that knew about it. And they published this hit piece today, which is really despicable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this low from The New York Times before — to publish people’s private legal communications. And by the way, what does it prove? New York Times? All it proves is that Project Veritas is an honest and thoughtful journalistic organization that sought legal advice before making various publications. That’s what Fox News does. That’s what The New York Times does. And that’s what every major journalism outlet does. So, I don’t know what ‘gotcha’ they think they were doing there other than they got themselves. Because they criticized Project Veritas for its tactics. And yet they sink so low, Tucker.”
Tucker: “We know for a fact that this administration leaks confidential information about its critics to news outlets, they did it to me personally. So, I know for a fact that they do it. Is there any way to catch them in the act of doing this? Which I think would be a crime?”
Harmeet: “Well, the first thing that we have done in response to the seizure of our client’s telephones, that include not just the legal information that I just mentioned, but also confidential source information, including sources in the Biden administration and in corporate America, and including donor information, which is also protected by the First Amendment. So, you have multiple First Amendment issues here. We asked the court to order a special master, to review this information and let the Southern District of New York prosecutors and the FBI look at it without somebody separating out this information. The government would not agree to do that voluntarily, but we went to court and today a federal judge did order the government to stop looking at these phones. So ultimately, we’re going to get some answers as to what was reviewed and what they did with it. It may be a long time. We may never know what they’ve done. The government still hasn’t admitted on your situation Tucker, that they did something illegal. I think they did. And you think they did. And there’s a lot of this going on. The DOJ has specific regulations about this. There’s also a federal statute called the Privacy Protection Act that protects journalists and their information from exactly this type of thuggish behavior. But what the DOJ has done in this case — they have blown federal law. They have blown the constitution; they have blown due process and civil rights. And now they’re communicating at some level for sure with The New York Times. So, this is a scandal of epic proportions and every journalist who isn’t worried and concerned about this should hang up their journalism card, ditto, all First Amendment lawyers as well.”
Tucker: “Yeah. And here’s The New York Times participating in the defense of the regime it’s supposed to be covering. I mean, it’s the deepest level of corruption. Harmeet Dhillon. Great to see you tonight. Thank you for this.”
Harmeet: “Thank you, Tucker.”
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