Top GOP lawmakers demand answers from DOJ concerning FBI raid of Project Veritas

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and James Comer of Kentucky joined Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in a letter asking the Department of Justice for more information concerning the raid while accusing Garland of not upholding his vow of being apolitical. 

Updated: November 18, 2021 - 8:54pm

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Top Republican lawmakers on Thursday sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking answers concerning the recent FBI raid on the home of the founder of Project Veritas, James O'Keefe.

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and James Comer of Kentucky joined Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in a letter asking the Department of Justice for more information concerning the raid while accusing Garland of not upholding his vow of being apolitical. 

“The Department and the FBI must not be used for political purposes to target the Administration’s political rivals,” the members wrote. "The FBI’s actions raise concerns about the enforcement of the policy you implemented just months ago concerning searching and seizing records from journalists and media organizations."

According to Fox News, on Nov. 6 FBI agents raided O'Keefe's home because he allegedly was in possession of Ashely Biden's diary.  Project Veritas received the diary last fall but decided against publishing it and instead turned it over to law enforcement officials. 

The GOP lawmakers raise concerns about the search, as well as potential leaks within the department due to a New York Times article that contained information that was part of "a grand jury investigation" and therefore should not have been available to the public. 

"The Times' publishing of nonpublic Project Veritas information raises questions about whether any Department employee leaked, or contributed to the leak of, any nonpublic information as part of this investigation" the letter reads.

"Unfortunately, as you have failed to live up to your promises on other important matters facing the Department—including by mobilizing federal law enforcement to silence concerned parents at school board meetings—we question whether the Department’s actions in this matter are consistent with your commitment," the lawmakers concluded.