A conservative group known for undercover investigations has been linked to a woman who falsely told The Washington Post that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager, the newspaper reported. "She appears to be part of undercover sting operation".
The Post said it was able to trace Phillips back to Project Veritas, an organization formed by right-wing activist James O'Keefe that frequently targets mainstream news outlets with deceptive tactics like covert video recordings in order to expose what it believes is media bias.
During interviews, Phillips repeatedly pressed Post reporters to say whether they thought her allegations could derail Moore's campaign and asked for their assurances that it would - a red flag that raised suspicions for them.
In a number of interviews, Jamie Phillips told The Washington Post, Roy Moore got her pregnant when she was teen. After a series of interviews, the Post began fact-checking Phillips' allegation and background, which became increasingly inconsistent throughout the reporting process, the paper said.
On Monday morning, Phillips was seen walking into the NY offices of Project Veritas.
Social media users were rightfully appalled.
While O'Keefe refused to comment to Washington Post reporters at the time, he later came outside to speak with journalist Aaron C. Davis, though he did not answer any questions regarding the employment of the potential fraudster.
Washington Post reporter Stephanie Mc Crummen spotted inconsistencies in Ms Phillips' claims
The Post published a story Monday about its dealings with Phillips.
Phillips first contacted Post reporter Beth Reinhard by email on November 10, the day after a bombshell report co-authored by Reinhard revealed claims that Moore sexually touched a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, which Moore vehemently denies.
The mortgage company that Phillips claimed to work for told the Post that she was not an employee there.
The Post says Phillips initial post on the GoFundMe page about working for the Daily Caller has been removed. "I've accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt of the liberal MSM", the page read.
Watch the segment, and the Post's original video, below. That information shows Phillips says she worked as a loan partner at NFM Lending in Smyrna for a few months in 2016. "I think I'm just going to go".
The Post said one of its researchers also found a GoFundMe campaign created by a "Jaime Phillips" asking for contributions to move to NY for a new job.
The apparent connection between Phillips and O'Keefe led the Post to take the rare step of publishing remarks that had previously been off the record.
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