Federal agents searched several locations belonging to current and former members of the conservative media company Project Veritas on Thursday in an investigation involving the possible theft of a diary belonging to President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, according to a statement from the group’s website and an FBI spokesperson.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that “court-authorized law enforcement activity” took place at an address associated with Project Veritas in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and another address on E. 35th St. in Manhattan.
The conservative group confirmed a New York Times report that the investigation involves allegations that a diary belonging to the president’s daughter had been stolen. Portions of the diary were published online by a conservative website about two weeks before the 2020 presidential election.
The Times, citing two sources briefed on the matter, reported that the Justice Department has been investigating the case since October 2020, when a representative of the Biden family reported that several of Ashley Biden’s personal items had been stolen in a burglary.
In a statement Friday, Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe — known for producing “gotcha”-style undercover videos involving Democratic politicians, activists and the media — said his group had been approached by people claiming they had the Biden daughter’s diary, but they decided not to publish it.
“Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary” and “the tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary,” O’Keefe said.
He said they turned the diary over to law enforcement after an attorney for Ashley Biden refused to accept or authenticate it.