Washington Post Exposes Project Veritas for ‘Scheme’ Involving Phony Roy Moore Accuser

Conservative group is known for targeting liberals in sting operations

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The woman who falsely accused Roy Moore of impregnating her as a teen in an exposé written by the Washington Post appears to be working for Project Veritas, according to a new story published by the Post itself.

In an piece published by the Post on Monday, the newspaper names the woman, Jaime T. Phillips, and the organization, which secretly records information with the intent of embarrassing the mainstream media and left-wing groups.

The Post spoke with Phillips several times over a two-week period to hear her accusations of a sexual relationship with Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, in the ’90s that resulted in an unwanted pregnancy and an abortion at 15.

Phillips asked reporters repeatedly to tell her if they thought her claims would affect his political career. The Post decided against running a story based on the Phillips’ accusations after uncovering inconsistencies in her account, though the woman insisted her motivations were not to target journalists as part of an organization like Project Veritas.

On Monday, Post reporters watched the woman enter the organization’s New York offices.

“We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” said Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”

Phillips did not respond to the Post’s calls for comment. However, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe did — though he wouldn’t comment on whether or not Phillips worked for his organization or if he was working with Moore.

“I am not doing an interview right now, so I’m not going to say a word,” O’Keefe said.

But soon after the story broke, O’Keefe took to Twitter to call out the Post for what he said was an inaccuracy and threatened to release “hidden camera footage into Washington Post.”

“The entire media establishment is against Project Veritas,” O’Keefe tweeted. “Number one trending on Twitter. For good reason. There is a video coming out in momentarily inside the Washington Post. The last video cost NYT reporter his job. They are scared. As always, there’s more than one Video!”