WAPO: Fake allegation made against Roy Moore tied to conservative group

WAPO: Fake allegation made against Roy Moore tied to conservative group

Kerry Wise
November 29, 2017

The Post reported that a women named Jaime Phillips met with reporters and falsely accused Roy Moore, candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, of impregnating her when she was 15 years old.

The Washington Post has said it busted a woman offering them fake allegations against Roy Moore as part of an intentional scheme to discredit the newspaper by the conservative group Project Veritas.

Jaime Phillips, who claimed to The Post that the Republican Senate nominee impregnated her as a teenager, was seen on Monday walking into the headquarters of Project Veritas, a group that uses false cover stories and covert video recordings to expose what it says is media bias. And then Post researcher Alice Crites found a GoFundMe page posted earlier this year by someone named Jaime Phillips seeking donations to fund a move to NY after accepting "a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt [sic] of the liberal MSM".

The Post says the apparent sting operation began with an email that was sent to reporter Beth Reinhard the morning after she and McCrummen wrote a November 9 story breaking the news that several women said Moore, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, pursued them as teenagers - including one who said he sexually assaulted her when she was 14 and he was 32.

The rigorous team of researchers and reporters at the Post began to notice inconsistencies in Phillip's story.

The Washington Post also found an internet posting Phillips made saying she had accepted a job at the Daily Caller, a conservative news and opinion website.

Stephanie McCrummen
Washington Post reporter Stephanie Mc Crummen spotted inconsistencies in Ms Phillips' claims

"We don't comment on investigations real or imagined, or imagined stings", conservative activist and Project Veritas leader James O'Keefe told The Associated Press Monday evening. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap, ' Baron continued.

That decision cleared the way for Post videographers to accompany reporter Stephanie McCrummen as she confronted Phillips in an Alexandria, Va. restaurant last week with a printout of the GoFundMe page.

Phillips eventually told the WAPO reporter she didn't agree to go on the record with her story, then she got up and left. That information shows Phillips says she worked as a loan partner at NFM Lending in Smyrna for a few months in 2016.

Then came the smoking gun: Post researchers discovered a fundraising page made by Phillips seeking financial support for a move to NY.

Later Monday, O'Keefe sent out a mass email confirming that Phillips is "an investigative journalist embedded" with the Washington Post. "I think I'm just going to go".

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