James O’Keefe steps down from right-wing group Project Veritas

The controversial leader of the right-wing provocateur group Project Veritas has been removed as chief executive.

James O’Keefe said during a speech to Project Veritas staff posted online on Monday that he was pushed out of the group last week.

“I have no position here based upon what the board has done — so I’m announcing to you all that today, on Presidents’ Day, I’m packing up my personal belongings here,” Mr. O’Keefe said in a prepared statement.

Mr O’Keefe, who founded the group in 2010, was placed on leave by the Project Veritas board earlier this month after concerns were raised about lawsuits from former employees and internal turmoil, according to a report in NYMag.

The group was also under investigation over its purchase of a private diary belonging to Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden.

Mr O’Keefe said in the video that he had “felt a lot of despair and seen a lot of evil” over the last few weeks.

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