The FBI is reportedly investigating a Florida woman who found Ashley Biden’s diary in a rental home and sold it to a Right-wing investigative group.
A source close to the investigation told the Daily Mail that Aimee Harris is under investigation for allegedly selling Biden’s diary to Project Veritas for $40,000 in 2020. Harris found the diary under a mattress while staying in a house rented from a friend in Florida several weeks after Biden stayed there.
“The feds now aren’t saying it was illegal to find the diary,” the source told the Daily Mail. “Nor are they saying Aimee stole anything.”
“But it’s her selling the property of another that could be considered a crime. And the fact Ashley is the president’s daughter kicks it to a different legal level,” the source added.
Harris, while in a custody battle, moved into the rented home of her former boyfriend in July 2020. She had asked to stay with him while she was struggling financially in the legal battle.
Harris’ former boyfriend was also a friend of Biden, who also stayed at the house and had left for Pennsylvania some weeks before. Biden had reportedly made an arrangement before leaving to store some of her belongings at the house and to pick them up at a later date.
Harris discovered Biden’s diary. In August, she contacted Robert Kurlander, a friend and convicted money-launderer, about the diary and the two reportedly decided to try and sell it. The diary later reportedly made an appearance at a GOP fundraiser in Jupiter, Florida, and was showed off to attendees.
Project Veritas became aware of the diary, and a week after the fundraiser, Harris and Kurlander flew to Washington, D.C., to meet with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. While no deal for the diary was struck at the time, Project Veritas later reportedly agreed to purchase the diary for $40,000.
The Right-wing guerrilla journalist group never published Biden’s diary. O’Keefe said that he made the “ethical” decision not to publish because Project Veritas could not authenticate it. Veritas investigators did attempt to, including reportedly having one investigator call Biden herself and pose as someone who wished to return the diary to her. An investigator was also sent to Florida to attempt to authenticate it.
Project Veritas told a judge that O’Keefe sent an email to some Project Veritas employees on October 12 that “We have no doubt the [diary] is real.” He said that publishing it, though, would be “characterized as a cheap shot.”
Project Veritas is facing federal scrutiny for its role in the diary fiasco. FBI agents raided the residences of O’Keefe and two others who were working for Project Veritas at the time. The bureau began investigating the group for its role in allegedly stealing the diary.