The New York Times reports:
James O’Keefe, the embattled leader of the conservative group Project Veritas, has been removed from his position amid a series of questions about his oversight of the organization, according to a video of a speech he gave to the group posted Monday.
“I was stripped of all decision-making last week,” Mr. O’Keefe said in the video. Earlier this month, Project Veritas’ board placed Mr. O’Keefe on paid leave after employees voiced complaints about his management style and his use of the group’s funds.
Since founding Project Veritas in his father’s garage in suburban New York in 2010, Mr. O’Keefe had been the face of the group. He rose to prominence during Donald J. Trump’s presidency, as Mr. Trump and his followers embraced Mr. O’Keefe.
The Daily Beast reports:
The news that O’Keefe had been sidelined in the group he founded provoked outrage on the right, with many conservative pundits tweeting that Project Veritas would be nothing without him.
Project Veritas’s board and remaining executives had tried to heal the rift, insisting in a bizarre tweet last week under the organization’s name that O’Keefe was “alive and well.” Just days before the resignation, the board put out a statement insisting that its members “all love James.”
O’Keefe’s resignation was first announced on Twitter by Neil McCabe, a reporter at conservative cable channel One America News. McCabe told The Daily Beast that O’Keefe resigned from the group without striking a severance deal with the board.
James O’Keefe out at Project Veritas. We must stand with James!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 20, 2023
Wow. James O’Keefe is out at Veritas. pic.twitter.com/s3FJgJQotO
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) February 20, 2023
BREAKING: James O’Keefe REMOVED as CEO of Project Veritas
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 20, 2023
James O’Keefe and his minions at Project Veritas infiltrated my office, Democracy Partners, in 2016. We filed a lawsuit in 2017, won our trial last fall, and are stuck in appeals.
After years of fighting this scumbag, it is extremely gratifying to learn of his ouster from his… https://t.co/i3n9oKFMpY
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) February 20, 2023