Last Updated on November 5, 2021
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett has slammed the FBI for an investigation into how National File and others obtained Ashley Biden’s diary, calling their actions “bewildering.”
A week and a half before the 2020 election, National File published Ashley Biden’s diary after a Project Veritas whistleblower provided a digital copy to journalist Patrick Howley.
On Friday, the FBI searched two addresses in New York related to Project Veritas in an apparent attempt to gain information about how the diary was acquired, admitting that Ashley Biden reported the diary stolen in the process when the story was then broken by the New York Times. The Project Veritas whistleblower told National File that the diary was found at an address where Ashley Biden used to stay.
Speaking to Sean Hannity, Fox News’s legal analyst Gregg Jarrett slammed the investigation by the FBI, describing it as “bewildering” that they were even involved in looking into an alleged diary theft.
Fox News Lawyer: It doesn't matter how the Ashley Biden diary was obtained "unless the journalist himself was involved in the theft" pic.twitter.com/sCc1hnMUbn
— National File (@NationalFile) November 6, 2021
“Let’s assume it’s a theft or a burglary. That’s not a federal crime! This would be a state crime,” Jarrett said. He further highlighted that when the Biden administration took office, the investigation “should have been handed off to state authorities, because there’s an enormous conflict of interest,” as it involved Biden’s own daughter.
Jarrett also confirmed that journalists “cannot be criminally prosecuted for publishing stolen material unless the journalist himself was involved in the theft.” He concluded by saying the investigation was “deeply troubling,” and that it smacked of being purely “political targeting” against Project Veritas and National File.
However, neither Jarrett nor Hannity discussed the content of the diary itself, nor did they name National File. Entries in the diary include the author revealing she believes she was sexually molested as a child and shared “probably not appropriate” showers with her father, some that detail the author’s struggle with drug abuse and the author’s crumbling marriage with multiple affairs, along with entries showing the family’s fears of a potential scandal due to her brother’s new home, and those that show a deep resentment for her father due to his money, control, and emotional manipulation.