Ashley Biden’s attorney — who privately pushed for the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to subpoena journalists — has long-standing ties to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and one of his top aides, who also happens to be the daughter-in-law of the U.S. attorney behind a number of politically motivated subpoenas.
The newly unearthed connections between individuals attempting to suppress stories about President Joe Biden’s daughter’s diary reveal a wildly immoral weaponization of America’s legal institutions against journalists.
The news follows the FBI raid of guerilla journalists at Project Veritas and its founder James O’Keefe at his home.
New reporting from the group sheds light on the players – including their ties to Democratic politics – involved in the approval of 19 secret subpoenas levelled at the activist group.
Veritas had been emailing in October of 2020 with the Biden campaign and its family lawyers seeking to interview then-candidate Joe Biden about the diary, which Ashley Biden’s lawyers likened to an “extortionate effort.” As a result, one of Ashley Biden’s representatives, progressive lawyer Roberta Kaplan, asserted: “This is insane; we should send to SDNY.”
Roughly three weeks later, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) approved the first of 19 subpoenas against Project Veritas.
Kaplan, 56, appears to have connections to the U.S. District Court for the SDNY, as she was a lawyer for former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, advising the disgraced politician on how to discredit one of his alleged victims.
DeRosa also happens to be married to the son of former Acting U.S. Attorney for the SDNY Audrey Strauss, who was responsible for authorizing subpoenas against Project Veritas.
The news raises fresh concerns about conflicts of interest involved in the persecution of Project Veritas.
“There’s clearly a disparate treatment at the Department of Justice,” remarked O’Keefe while testifying in front of Members of Congress about the warrants and subpoenas issued for Project Veritas.