According to the news release Tuesday and an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes, who is based in New Orleans, Basel and Flanagan attempted to gain access to Landrieu's office Monday while posing as telephone repairmen.Think Progress notes that "Fox News has been one of the biggest supporters of James O'Keefe," and conservative media figure Andrew Breitbart, who runs the blog Big Government, "which helped make O'Keefe a star and pays him to be a contributor, claims that it had no knowledge of what the four individuals were up to."
The two men were "each dressed in blue denim pants, a blue work shirt, a light green fluorescent vest, a tool belt and a construction-style hard hat when they entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building," the release noted.
...O'Keefe, who had been waiting in the office before the pair arrived, recorded their actions with a cell phone, said the affidavit by Rayes.
..."This is a very unusual situation and somewhat unsettling for me and my staff," Landrieu said in a statement Tuesday night.
Last Thursday, O'Keefe "gave a speech to the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, a libertarian group in New Orleans."
The New Orleans event was promoted with this glowing statement about O'Keefe by the Pelican Institute: "James has been a pioneer in the use of new media to drive these kinds of important stories. He will discuss the role of new media and show examples of effective investigative reporting."Just a silly prank! Let's all chalk it up to boys being boys and call it a day! Because how could anyone expect four men in their 20s to understand the difference between "investigative reporting" and "committing a felony"...? The nerve!
...Robert Flanagan's attorney, J. Garrison Jordan, said he believes his client works for the Pelican Institute. Asked the motivation for the alleged wiretap plot, he said: "I think it was poor judgment. I don't think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime."
This is all the fault of the liberal media, somehow.