National File Editor-in-Chief Tom Pappert has released a full video statement regarding the interest that the FBI has taken in this outlet’s publication of Ashley Biden’s diary.
In October last year, a Project Veritas whistleblower provided a digital copy of Ashley Biden’s diary to National File. The diary, which includes a passage in which Ashley Biden describes her troubles with sex addiction, drug addiction, and potential childhood molestation, and “probably not appropriate” showers she shared with her father Joe Biden when she was a little girl. Regardless of the explosive allegations, the diary was ignored by the majority of the media.
At the end of last week, the FBI and the Southern District of New York reportedly served search warrants at two addresses associated with Project Veritas, and then on the home of James O’Keefe, all but confirming the diary was in fact written by Ashley herself.
In a video statement, National File’s Editor in Chief Tom Pappert confirmed that this publication obtained the digital copy from the Project Veritas whistleblower, “who was upset that a Project Veritas board member spiked the story.”
Watch National File editor-in-chief Tom Pappert’s statement regarding the FBI and SDNY interest in Ashley Biden’s diary:
Pappert added that National File made all our efforts to confirm that the diary itself was authentic, and that the whistleblower told National File the diary was “abandoned at an address where Ashley Biden used to stay,” and that National File has “no reason to believe that the whistleblower is being anything less than truthful” in his story. According to the New York Times, Ashley Biden allegedly reported the diary as stolen in a burglary.
“It is shocking to see the FBI and the Southern District of New York take these actions against journalists,” Pappert continued, noting that various legal experts have slammed the raids, including Fox News’s Greg Jarrett, who described them as “bewildering” on Saturday. Jarrett also confirmed that journalists “cannot be criminally prosecuted for publishing stolen material unless the journalist himself was involved in the theft, something Pappert further noted.
Comparing the Ashley Biden diary to the Pentagon Papers and Podesta emails, Pappert explained that the origin of the documents is not important when it comes to journalism because “at the end of the day… what matters is what’s in them.”
Pappert confirmed National File is willing to assist the FBI in any investigation, and regardless of what some have described as intimidation tactics employed by the FBI and Biden administration, that this publication would continue to break major stories, “whether or not we get any credit from the mainstream media.”