LEGAL UPDATE: ATTORNEY EXCORIATES DOJ OVER LEAKED FBI DOCUMENT CATEGORIZING VERITAS AS NEWS MEDIA
In a new legal filing, Project Veritas Attorney, Paul Calli, introduced a whistleblower-obtained FBI document from a May 11th report. A source from the bureau disclosed to us “concerning” information about the government’s investigation of Project Veritas’ own investigation of allegations in Ashley Biden’s diary.
• In court, the DOJ defended its unprecedented secret subpoenas, orders, warrants, and raids on journalists to seize nearly 200,000 emails and 47 reporter’s devices by arguing, “Project Veritas is not engaged in journalism.” The document, however reveals that when the investigation was opened, the FBI labeled Project Veritas as “news media” – directly contradicting the DOJ’s position.
• Calli said the document is “substantial evidence of the investigators’ misconduct,” noting, “the government has acted in bad faith every step of the way ignoring First Amendment precedent and the protections afforded to journalists by the DOJ’s own regulations.”
[NEW YORK – May 23, 2022] In a new filing, attorneys for Project Veritas highlighted an internal FBI document provided by a whistleblower which, again, calls actions from the Department of Justice into question. The filing introduces an FBI splash page about their investigation into Ashley Biden’s diary which shows a glaring contradiction between the government’s in-court position and the handling of the case.
The document shows the FBI labeled Project Veritas “news media,” but as Project Veritas attorney, Paul Calli, pointed out, the government defended its unprecedented action against journalists by arguing otherwise.
The filing, which was covered by Politico’s Josh Gerstein, clearly outlines what Calli sees as “substantial evidence of the investigators’ misconduct.” Calli argued, “The government recognized on Day 1 that Project Veritas is a member of the ‘News Media.’ This knowledge cannot be reconciled with the position the government took … that Project Veritas was not eligible to assert any journalist..