Duo pleads guilty to stealing Ashley Biden’s diary

It is now known who stole the diary of Ashley Biden, President Joe Biden’s daughter, and sold it to Project Veritas in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

The Washington Examiner reports that two Florida residents on Thursday pleaded guilty to doing so. 

One individual is 58-year-old Robert Kurlander and the other is 40-year-old Aimee Harris. On Thursday, at a federal court in New York City, the two pleaded guilty both to the theft as well as to conspiracy to sell the stolen diary for $40,000.

The pair have yet to be sentenced.

How’d they do it?

According to Fox News, Harris took the diary when she was staying at the same private residence, in Delray Beach, Florida, where Ashley Biden had stored the diary.

After that, Harris enlisted Kurlander to help her sell the diary.

Fox reports:

They both then made contact with an “organization” based in Mamaroneck, New York, which instructed them to use an encrypted application to send photos of the items stolen from Biden’s daughter. The organization paid transportation costs for the pair to send the items to New York City. Ultimately, they were compensated $20,000 for the stolen property, according to the Justice Department.

This organization was Project Veritas.

Is Project Veritas in the clear?

Project Veritas maintains that it has done nothing wrong here. “A journalist’s lawful receipt of material later alleged to be stolen is routine, commonplace, and protected by the First Amendment,” the organization said.

Breitbart News reports that Project Veritas never published the contents of the diary, although portions of it ended up being published by others. Instead, Project Veritas delivered the diary to law enforcement. But, this isn’t the key question – the key question will be whether Project Veritas participated in the unlawful obtaining of the diary.

Law enforcement has been investigating Project Veritas’s role in this matter for some time. The reader may remember that, in November 2021, the FBI raided the private resident of Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe in order to try to find out more information about the stolen diary.

As part of his plea deal, Kurlander has agreed to help the Department of Justice with its ongoing investigation of Project Veritas regarding the diary.

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