The FOIPA request by the legal advocacy nonprofit group Judicial Watch sought "all communications regarding Project Veritas between FBI officials and employees/representatives of Pfizer." The DOJ responded by claiming that it could not release any of the information requested because the requested documents were part of an ongoing investigation, which made them exempt from disclosure.
"The FBI has completed its search for records responsive to your request. The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(7)(A). 552(b)(7)(A) exempts from disclosure," the DOJ's letter said.
The DOJ added that sharing the requested documents regarding FBI and Pfizer communications about Project Veritas could sully "a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding." (Related: Corrupt Biden Justice Department, FBI raid homes of Project Veritas journalists for the "crime" of doing their jobs and exposing malfeasance.)
"There is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records, and release of the information could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings. Therefore, your request is being administratively closed," the DOJ's letter concluded.
James O'Keefe, founder and CEO of Project Veritas, said in a video unveiling his group's and Judicial Watch's discoveries, that it remains unclear why Big Pharma company Pfizer is contacting the FBI regarding journalists.
But he argued that it may have something to do with the fact that Project Veritas has released multiple investigative pieces over the past year regarding Pfizer and its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Last year, Project Veritas published multiple videos of a Pfizer scientist discussing how natural COVID-19 antibodies were better at protecting people against the virus than the vaccines.
Undercover reporters working for Project Veritas were also able to catch Pfizer employees calling for Nazi-style registration databases for unvaccinated individuals.
Shortly after these revelations, Project Veritas' headquarters was raided by the FBI in November 2021. Days after this raid, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla bragged about how the Big Pharma company was in communication with law enforcement agencies to crack down on so-called "vaccine misinformation." He added that those who spread such misinformation should be considered "criminals."
"So, the question is, why would Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, be talking to the FBI about Project Veritas right after those pieces of reporting?" O'Keefe asked. "Why is a pharmaceutical company and the FBI having conversations about journalists in the United States of America? Is this another example of the DOJ being weaponized by corporate and political interests?"
In an official statement, Project Veritas called the revelations "troubling."
"It is troubling, not just that Pfizer apparently believes it can rely on the FBI to squash truthful reporting via investigations into law-abiding journalists, but also that they appear to be right in thinking the FBI will willingly target dissenting press with unconstitutional raids," Project Veritas said in its statement. "There should be no place for such retaliatory attacks on journalism in America."
Watch this clip of Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe explaining the revelation that the FBI and Pfizer have been exchanging communications regarding the organization.