Florida Pair Pleads Guilty in Theft of Biden’s Daughter’s Diary

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Two Florida residents pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday to stealing a diary and other belongings of President Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, and selling them to the conservative group Project Veritas in the final weeks before the 2020 election.
Aimee Harris, 40, and Robert Kurlander, 58, admitted they took part in a conspiracy to transport stolen materials from Florida, where Ms. Biden had been living, to New York, where Project Veritas has its headquarters.
Prosecutors said Mr. Kurlander agreed as part of a plea deal to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into how the diary was acquired by Project Veritas, whose deceptive operations against liberal groups and traditional news organizations made it a favorite of former President Donald J. Trump.
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“Harris and Kurlander stole personal property from an immediate family member of a candidate for national political office,” Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.

It is the first time criminal charges have been filed in the theft of Ms. Biden’s diary, which she kept while she recovered from addiction.
“I know what I did was wrong and awful, and I apologize,” Mr. Kurlander said in court.
“I sincerely apologize for any actions and know what I did was illegal,” Ms. Harris said.
Mr. Kurlander and Ms. Harris, who surrendered to the authorities early Thursday, were released from custody after the hearing.
Whether the Justice Department ultimately charges anyone who worked for Project Veritas is unclear. The group did not publish the diary.
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But prosecutors said the two at one point disclosed to a Project Veritas operative that Ms. Biden had stored more items at the Florida house, and that they returned to the house to steal them at the operative’s request. The two later met with the operative in Florida and gave the additional stolen property to that employee, who shipped it to New York, prosecutors said.

Since the investigation began nearly two years ago, federal investigators have moved aggressively, carrying out court-authorized searches at the homes of two former Project Veritas operatives and of the group’s founder, James O’Keefe.
Prosecutors have obtained a trove of emails that Project Veritas operatives exchanged around the time that it purchased the diary, and they have interviewed several former operatives, including some who left the organization after growing disillusioned with Mr. O’Keefe.
Project Veritas, which has admitted it purchased the diary, has repeatedly said that its actions are protected by the First Amendment and that it believed the diary had been legally obtained. Although the investigation began during the Trump administration, Project Veritas has attacked the investigation as part of a vendetta being carried out by Mr. Biden’s Justice Department.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan began the investigation in late October 2020, after it was alerted by Ms. Biden’s lawyers that Project Veritas had demanded an interview with her father about the contents of the diary, which included embarrassing disclosures about them.
Ms. Biden had left the diary at a friend’s home in Delray Beach, Fla., in 2020 and planned to return to retrieve it that year, according to interviews and court documents. The friend allowed Ms. Harris, who was in a bitter custody dispute and struggling financially, to stay at the home. Ms. Harris learned that Ms. Biden had been living there and found her belongings. She told Mr. Kurlander, who informed a Trump supporter and fund-raiser, Elizabeth Fago.



Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander brought the diary to a Trump fund-raiser at Ms. Fago’s home, where it was passed around, The New York Times reported last year. Ms. Fago ultimately helped direct Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander to Project Veritas.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander traveled to Manhattan to show Project Veritas the diary, telling operatives for the group that they had found it and other items at the Delray Beach home where Ms. Biden had been staying with a friend.


Project Veritas, which uses deceptive tactics to ensnare targets, undertook a wide-ranging effort to authenticate the diary. As part of that effort, an operative tried to trick Ms. Biden during a phone call into confirming that the diary was hers.
Project Veritas later contacted Ms. Biden’s lawyers about the diary in an attempt to secure an interview with her father before the election. Ms. Biden’s lawyers told the group that the idea that she has abandoned the diary was “ludicrous” and accused the group of an “extortionate effort to secure an interview,” according to emails obtained by The Times. Ms. Biden’s lawyers then contacted federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
In the midst of this exchange, a conservative website, National File, published excerpts from the diary on Oct. 24, 2020, and its full contents two days later, to little fanfare.
National File said it had obtained the diary from someone at another organization that was unwilling to publish it in the campaign’s final days. Mr. O’Keefe was said to be furious that the diary ended up in the hands of the National File.
In early November 2020 — days after the election — Project Veritas arranged for Ms. Biden’s items to be taken to the Delray Beach Police Department, where a lawyer was captured on video saying the belongings might have been stolen. The police then contacted the F.B.I.

 
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A grown woman has a diary?
Lots of people journal or write in a diary. It is known to help with mental health and helps a lot of people think out their problems or every day conflicts.

I mean I can only assume you are a grown person writing on a message board and you have little proof that you aren’t really just talking to robots.
 

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Lots of people journal or write in a diary. It is known to help with mental health and helps a lot of people think out their problems or every day conflicts.

I mean I can only assume you are a grown person writing on a message board and you have little proof that you aren’t really just talking to robots.
This is interaction...robots or not. Writing in a diary as an adult is a bit odd IMO.
 

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Less odd, than talking to a stranger for a few hundred an hour. Or talking to a dude wearing a dress in a divided closet.
I don't even know what you mean. Like talking to a therapist? OK I get that...I just find "Dear diary...today I (insert activity here)" a bit odd for an adult. Different strokes.

It's cool...we don't have to agree.
 
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I don't even know what you mean. Like talking to a therapist? OK I get that...I just find "Dear diary...today I (insert activity here)" a bit odd for an adult. Different strokes.

It's cool...we don't have to agree.
Some folks have trouble dealing with trauma or other things in life that overwhelm them. It can be a good way of talking through your problems. And giving the individual an endomorphine release from them.
 
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You know nothing about me. Additionally, I don't care what you find. IMO.
You care so little that you respond on a public forum where your thoughts and feelings are recorded forever. Kind of like a journal...
 

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I know this is really weird to say, but isn't it heartening that the Trump campaign was given the chance to buy the stolen items, and their response was that the FBI should be called. Now, clearly that means that Donald was never told about the material, but at least the people under him saw this as a felony waiting to happen, and passed.
 

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Come on guys he/she is just thinking out loud. We all have different experiences. No need to be a bunch of weirdos about it. He/she didn't mean any ill intent.
 

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You care so little that you respond on a public forum where your thoughts and feelings are recorded forever. Kind of like a journal...
If you equate this place to journaling I don't know what to tell you. That said I'm done with this conversation. You can have the last word.
 

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Two Florida residents pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday to stealing a diary and other belongings of President Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, and selling them to the conservative group Project Veritas in the final weeks before the 2020 election.
Aimee Harris, 40, and Robert Kurlander, 58, admitted they took part in a conspiracy to transport stolen materials from Florida, where Ms. Biden had been living, to New York, where Project Veritas has its headquarters.
Prosecutors said Mr. Kurlander agreed as part of a plea deal to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into how the diary was acquired by Project Veritas, whose deceptive operations against liberal groups and traditional news organizations made it a favorite of former President Donald J. Trump.
Advertisement
Continue reading the main story


“Harris and Kurlander stole personal property from an immediate family member of a candidate for national political office,” Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.

It is the first time criminal charges have been filed in the theft of Ms. Biden’s diary, which she kept while she recovered from addiction.
“I know what I did was wrong and awful, and I apologize,” Mr. Kurlander said in court.
“I sincerely apologize for any actions and know what I did was illegal,” Ms. Harris said.
Mr. Kurlander and Ms. Harris, who surrendered to the authorities early Thursday, were released from custody after the hearing.
Whether the Justice Department ultimately charges anyone who worked for Project Veritas is unclear. The group did not publish the diary.
Advertisement
Continue reading the main story


But prosecutors said the two at one point disclosed to a Project Veritas operative that Ms. Biden had stored more items at the Florida house, and that they returned to the house to steal them at the operative’s request. The two later met with the operative in Florida and gave the additional stolen property to that employee, who shipped it to New York, prosecutors said.

Since the investigation began nearly two years ago, federal investigators have moved aggressively, carrying out court-authorized searches at the homes of two former Project Veritas operatives and of the group’s founder, James O’Keefe.
Prosecutors have obtained a trove of emails that Project Veritas operatives exchanged around the time that it purchased the diary, and they have interviewed several former operatives, including some who left the organization after growing disillusioned with Mr. O’Keefe.
Project Veritas, which has admitted it purchased the diary, has repeatedly said that its actions are protected by the First Amendment and that it believed the diary had been legally obtained. Although the investigation began during the Trump administration, Project Veritas has attacked the investigation as part of a vendetta being carried out by Mr. Biden’s Justice Department.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan began the investigation in late October 2020, after it was alerted by Ms. Biden’s lawyers that Project Veritas had demanded an interview with her father about the contents of the diary, which included embarrassing disclosures about them.
Ms. Biden had left the diary at a friend’s home in Delray Beach, Fla., in 2020 and planned to return to retrieve it that year, according to interviews and court documents. The friend allowed Ms. Harris, who was in a bitter custody dispute and struggling financially, to stay at the home. Ms. Harris learned that Ms. Biden had been living there and found her belongings. She told Mr. Kurlander, who informed a Trump supporter and fund-raiser, Elizabeth Fago.


Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander brought the diary to a Trump fund-raiser at Ms. Fago’s home, where it was passed around, The New York Times reported last year. Ms. Fago ultimately helped direct Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander to Project Veritas.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander traveled to Manhattan to show Project Veritas the diary, telling operatives for the group that they had found it and other items at the Delray Beach home where Ms. Biden had been staying with a friend.


Project Veritas, which uses deceptive tactics to ensnare targets, undertook a wide-ranging effort to authenticate the diary. As part of that effort, an operative tried to trick Ms. Biden during a phone call into confirming that the diary was hers.
Project Veritas later contacted Ms. Biden’s lawyers about the diary in an attempt to secure an interview with her father before the election. Ms. Biden’s lawyers told the group that the idea that she has abandoned the diary was “ludicrous” and accused the group of an “extortionate effort to secure an interview,” according to emails obtained by The Times. Ms. Biden’s lawyers then contacted federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
In the midst of this exchange, a conservative website, National File, published excerpts from the diary on Oct. 24, 2020, and its full contents two days later, to little fanfare.
National File said it had obtained the diary from someone at another organization that was unwilling to publish it in the campaign’s final days. Mr. O’Keefe was said to be furious that the diary ended up in the hands of the National File.
In early November 2020 — days after the election — Project Veritas arranged for Ms. Biden’s items to be taken to the Delray Beach Police Department, where a lawyer was captured on video saying the belongings might have been stolen. The police then contacted the F.B.I.

What's the sentence?
 

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