A decision rendered just before Christmas and released on Friday by state Supreme Court justice Charles D Wood in Westchester County, caught many court watchers napping. The New York Times attempted to publish Project Veritas “privileged” attorney-client memos that were illegally leaked to the newspaper by Biden’s DOJ, and may now be considered a violation of the First Amendment.
Friday’s decision, ruled that the NYT must immediately relinquish, and more importantly not publish confidential legal memos it obtained.
The issue stems from an FBI raid in mid November by Biden’s Justice Department against Project Veritas and it’s founder, James O’Keefe. The Justice Department used a bizarre set of circumstances as a pretext, among which involved a missing diary belonging to Biden’s adult daughter, Ashley.
The apparent “missing diary” was offered to O’Keefe for a price, which O’Keefe ultimately decided not to buy and instead gave the missing diary to law enforcement.
At the time, O’Keefe explained a “tipster” had approached his group late last year suggesting that he had a diary in his possession belonging to Ashley Biden. It allegedly contained “explosive allegations” about her father, who was the current Democratic nominee. The “tipster” went on to explain that Ashley left her diary in a hotel room that she had stayed at.
“Project Veritas gave the diary to law enforcement to ensure it could be returned to its rightful owner. We never published it,” O’Keefe said. “Now, Ms. Biden’s father’s Department of Justice, specifically the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, appears to be investigating the situation, claiming the diary was stolen. We don’t know if it was but it begs the question: In what world is the alleged theft of a diary investigated by the President’s FBI and his Department of Justice…a diary?”
The FBI is leaking attorney-client privileged files to a party adverse to Project Veritas in a civil lawsuit.— Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 12, 2021
This is not a grey area.
It’s black letter criminal felonies committed by the FBI and the New York Times. https://t.co/Kgx98JWz5d
The excuse of a missing diary that was actually retuned, was all that was needed for the Justice Department to illegally target their political opponent once again. The early morning raid by the FBI against O’Keefe reminded many of how the FBI treated Trump ally Roger Stone, when more than a dozen heavily armed FBI agents invaded Stone’s South Florida home on January 25th.
After the raid, O’Keefe appeared on Fox’s Hannity. He talked about what transpired during the raid, explaining, “I woke up to a pre-dawn raid. Banging on my door, I went to my door to answer the door and there were ten FBI agents with a battering ram, white blinding lights, they turned me around, handcuffed me and threw me against the hallway. I was partially clothed in front of my neighbors. They confiscated my phone. They raided my apartment. On my phone were many of my reporters’ notes. A lot of my sources unrelated to this story and a lot of confidential donor information to our news organization.”
The FBI collected personal information from O’Keefe’s cell-phone that was not related to the Biden diary. A federal judge ordered the DOJ to immediately stop extracting personal “privileged” attorney-client memos, along with other information that Project Veritas was working on, again unrelated to the diary.
Project Veritas wins lawsuit against New York Times— Rhonda Walker (@RhondaSue2008) December 26, 2021
A judge has directed the New York Times to return internal documents belonging to Project Veritas that were cited by the paper in an article last month. The report had sparked allegations that the FBI was behind the memos’ leak pic.twitter.com/JZJXXRwd1R
District Court Judge Analisa Torres ordered that an independent “special master” would oversee and review the information taken from O’Keefe’s cell phone. Instead, the corrupt FBI playing fast and loose with the information illegally seized, leaked the information to The New York Times.
On Friday, Judge Wood ordered the NYT to immediately relinquish confidential memos it had illegally obtained from the FBI, and furthermore not to publish any of O’Keefe’s personal information. The judge also ruled that the newspaper must turn over physical copies of the documents and destroy ALL electronic versions.
The slippery slop of whether the First Amendment applies to the press regarding personal information that was illegally leaked to the NYT by the FBI, will no doubt wind its way to the Supreme Court.