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Sen. Cotton Confronts Atty Gen. Garland about FBI’s Alarming Raid on Project Veritas

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote a letter demanding that Attorney General Merrick Garland explain why the FBI raided the houses of prominent conservative journalists in an effort to find information about a reported diary lost by Ashley Biden, daughter of President Joe Biden.

“A predawn FBI raid last weekend against Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and similar raids on some of his associates are prompting alarm from some First Amendment advocates who contend that prosecutors appear to have run roughshod over Justice Department media policies and a federal law protecting journalists,” said Politico.

In his letter to Garland, Cotton demanded documents relating to the investigation as the search warrants used by the FBI weren’t “standard.”

“I have concerns about the origins of this investigation, the motivations of this investigation, and tactics used by your department,” said Cotton.

Project Veritas said that they legally acquired the diary from two people who said they also had acquired it legally as abandoned property, according to the New York Times.

“The government said in the search warrant that among the crimes it was investigating were conspiracy to transport stolen property across state lines, conspiracy to possess stolen goods and transporting stolen property across state lines,” said the Times.

They highly unusual move by the FBI drew critics even amongst the far-left

“Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft of the diary, it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures,” the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement. “We urge the court to appoint a special master to ensure that law enforcement officers review only those materials that were lawfully seized and that are directly relevant to a legitimate criminal investigation.”

Veritas refused to publish the diary last year after being unable to authenticate the diary as real. But another conservative, online publisher posted them right before the November presidential election said Stream.org.

Some have speculated that the diary, which first surfaced publicly not long after the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, might be part of an FBI sting operation or a Democrat-led smear campaign to discredit conservative media who reported on the now-confirmed Hunter Biden allegations.

Among the discoveries on his laptop were text messages and photographs revealing that he had maintained an inappropriate relationship with his niece while also dating the girl’s mother, his sister-in-law and the widow of his brother Beau.

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