Judge orders Justice Department to halt review of James O’Keefe’s seized phones

The founder of Project Veritas appears to have secured a legal victory against the Biden administration.

According to reports, a federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to stop extracting data from James O’Keefe’s seized phone and other devices.

“Explosive allegations”

The Justice Department is investigating O’Keefe in connection to a diary belonging to President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley, which went missing in the days leading up to November’s presidential election.

For his part, O’Keefe explained that he was approached by individuals who claimed they had the diary and that it contained “explosive allegations” about the president.

He maintained that he never published its contents because he could not verify its authenticity and ultimately turned it over to law enforcement.

There have since been new questions about whether the diary was stolen. As part of that investigation, the FBI reportedly raided O’Keefe’s apartment and confiscated at least two phones.

In response, O’Keefe and his legal team asked the court to order the Justice Department to stop looking through his devices until a special master can be appointed to oversee the process. Attorney Harmeet Dhillon explained the request during a recent Fox News Channel appearance.

“Temporary victory”

“We went to the court and asked the court to order a special master to review this information and not let the Southern District of New York prosecutors and the FBI look at it without somebody separating out this information,” she said. “The government would not agree to do that voluntarily but we went to court and today a federal judge did order the government to stop looking at these phones. So ultimately, we’re going to get some answers as to what was reviewed and what they did with it.”

Dhillon noted that federal statutes exist to protect Americans from “exactly this type of thuggish behavior that the DOJ has done in this case.”

In response to O’Keefe’s request, a court dictated that the Justice Department must prove that it has stopped the review of his phones.

Although she celebrated the “temporary victory,” Dhillon noted that “Project Veritas has a long way to go” in its effort to hold the federal government to account.

“We are gratified that the Department of Justice has been ordered to stop extracting and reviewing confidential and privileged information obtained in their raids of our reporters, including legal, donor, and confidential source communications,” Dhillon concluded.

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