Two Florida residents have pleaded guilty in the 2020 theft of the diary of Ashley Biden, daughter of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Earlier in the day, a statement from the Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced that Aimee Harris, 40, and Robert Kurlander, 58, “pleaded guilty today to the interstate transportation of stolen property involving the theft of personal effects of an immediate family member of a then former senior government official who was a candidate in a national election”.
Among the stolen personal effects, the statement, which does not identify Ashley Biden by name, lists a handwritten diary, a memory card containing family photos and a cell phone.
The daughter of the current president had left his personal effects in the spring of 2020 with a friend in Florida, with whom Aimee Harris then stayed.
Ms Harris and Mr Kurlander are accused of trying to sell the diary to Donald Trump's campaign team, who reportedly rejected their offer. They then turned to Project Veritas, an ultra-conservative group known for its support of the Republican billionaire and for its publicity stunts involving the disclosure of personal data.
The group reacted in a statement Thursday on its Facebook page defending its information gathering as “ethical and legal.”
Project Veritas had never published details of the diary, but according to The New York Times tried weeks before the 2020 presidential election to trick Ashley Biden into admitting the document was indeed her diary.
An FBI investigation was triggered when the conservative National File published the contents of the diary that included personal details of Ashley Biden's life. National File claims to have obtained the documents from someone within Project Veritas.
In October 2020, just before the presidential election, another child of Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, became involved in a leak of personal documents.
The conservative tabloid The New York Post claimed to have obtained a copy of the hard drive of a laptop that the son of the future president would have left in a repair shop and would never have recovered. According to the New York Post, the hard drive contained evidence of Joe Biden intervening on his son's behalf in his business in Ukraine. an ongoing FBI investigation that is attempting to unravel Hunter Biden's financial activities.