Project Veritas made headlines this week when it published an undercover recording that purported to show Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s acknowledging that his company’s crackdown on political speech is not limited to President Donald Trump’s account.
The conservative outlet founded by James O’Keefe is also in the news in connection to the arrest of a Texas woman caught in a prior sting regarding voter fraud.
“It’s against the law”
According to reports, San Antonio resident Raquel Rodriguez is facing multiple felony counts in an alleged ballot-harvesting scheme.
She was captured on video by Project Veritas in October providing a detailed breakdown of her apparent role in the illicit operation, but is now attempting to backtrack from the comments she previously made.
She is now facing up to 20 years behind bars on counts including election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.
After being released on a $60,000 bond on Thursday, however, her defense attorney issued a statement describing the charges against her as inappropriate.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, former Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood also denounced the behavior of prosecutors, insisting that they should only “walk a warrant when there’s a clear and present danger to a citizen or a complainant or alleged victim,” which is not a factor in this case.
“There’s no election going on,” he added. “The election’s two months over and there’s not another one for another 10 months.”
“In order to discover the source”
Rodriguez is also facing a defamation lawsuit from Republican Judge Renee Yanta, whom the suspect described as “in [her] pocket” in the undercover recording.
For her part, however, Rodriguez is now saying that the entire conversation was a big lie and denied being paid by anyone to commit election fraud.
“I immediately suspected something was wrong with this conversation,” she said, according to the Express-News. “I chose to continue the conversation and ‘play along’ in order to discover the source and gather my own evidence that I could submit to legal authorities.”
The investigation is ongoing, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton cited the case as a refutation of those who “continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud,” Breitbart noted.