Project Veritas is in chaos after James O’Keefe was put on paid leave amid major rumors

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Project Veritas has long made targets of the most corrupt individuals and organizations in America.

Much of this has been done by exposing malfeasance through true undercover investigative reporting.

But now Project Veritas is in chaos after James O’Keefe was put on paid leave amid major rumors.

Project Veritas puts founder and chairman on paid leave

Project Veritas sparked outrage online following rumors of a “shake up” at the company.

The organization released a statement promising they’ve never been more “dedicated” to their cause, after reports indicated its founder and chairman, James O’Keefe, was put on paid leave. 

Their statement cites “immense growth and impact during the last three years” that has led the organization’s board to re-evaluate “what the best path forward is for the organization.”

Despite the concern, the Project Veritas board assured supporters, “we hear you, we care about you, and we will never give up.”

“There are 65+ employees at Project Veritas dedicated to continuing the mission to expose corruption, dishonesty, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions,” the statement added.

That left many wondering what is actually happening inside Project Veritas, and what will come of James O’Keefe.

Former staff makes claims of abuse by O’Keefe

A letter obtained by YouTube commentator Tim Pool brought to light concerns by many staffers at the company, and it gives some insight into what happened.

The memo details alleged “abuse” by O’Keefe, but states that “some signatories have not been subject of nor witnessed any abuse,” even though they signed onto the letter.

The staff letter says that they are “frustrated” with O’Keefe’s leadership style and acumen, and that “these behaviors and actions are antithetical to our core values,” adding that it came to a head with the firing of the organization’s COO, Barry Hinckley.

The letter provided a screenshot of a message from Hinckley in a group chat.

In the message, Hinckley claims that he “stood up to a bully and was fired,” that he wouldn’t “tolerate” O’Keefe’s behavior, and urged his fellow employees to live by the Project Veritas motto of “Be Brave. Do Something.”

The letter goes on to claim that they “should have the ability to disagree” with Project Veritas’ leadership, yet they have instead been left feeling “disposable.”

The staffers also went on to call O’Keefe “combative,” and said that he conflates “internal vs external issues,” implying that he was treating people differently on a personal level.

Interestingly, the letter even cited “complaints from an FBI Source about James.”

Rumors swirl that a coup is underway at Project Veritas

According to a now viral Twitter thread, the events unfolding at Project Veritas indicate that a hostile takeover of the organization is underway.

The anonymous user claimed that a source within the organization has exposed “2 alleged ringleaders” who were trying to “push James out.”

The Twitter account identified one of the “ringleaders” as Hinckley, while pointing to Project Veritas board member Matt Tyrmand as the other, and accused the organization of engaging in a “kangaroo court trial” while “the Board did NOTHING to stop it.”

To make matters even worse, the individual claimed that “Matt Tyrmand had it all scripted.”

While the drama unfolding inside Project Veritas has caused much concern for its future, it has also led to widespread support for O’Keefe as many have defended him as the soul of the organization he founded.

“Big Mistake,” one Twitter user wrote. “The people know who IS Project Veritas.” 

“If you remove @JamesOkeefeIII you’ll never raise another penny,” another user wrote, joining scores of Americans who pledged to boycott Project Veritas, should O’Keefe be ousted.

Thus far, James O’Keefe has yet to speak publicly about the matter.

U.S. Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.