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U.S. President Joe Biden hugs his daughter Ashley after being sworn in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the forty sixth president of america.

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Two Florida residents pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Recent York in reference to the theft and sale of the diary and other items belonging to Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden, court records show.

The defendants, Aimee Harris, 40, and Robert Kurlander, 58, conspired to steal items from Florida and transport them over state lines in September 2020, when Ashley’s father was the Democratic nominee for the White House, in line with a charging document.

Kurlander as a part of his plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, who’re continuing to research how the diary was obtained by Project Veritas, the right-wing group that focuses on provocative videos and investigations designed to embarrass media outlets and other targets.

Neither Biden was not identified by name within the charging document released Thursday.

But the main points of the case match with what has been previously reported about an investigation by federal prosecutors in Recent York into the theft of Ashley’s diary, which occurred weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

The charging document says the daddy of the theft’s victim was a “then-former government official who was a candidate for national office.” President Biden is a former U.S. senator and vice chairman.

Ashley’s diary, which she had left in a Delray Beach, Florida, home she was renting, and other items were ultimately sold for $40,000 to Project Veritas, which has offices in Mamoroneck, Recent York.

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Harris, who’s a resident of Palm Beach, later temporarily stayed at the identical residence where Ashley had lived, and discovered items that included a journal with “highly personal entries” and a digital storage card that the victim left behind, in line with the charging document.

The charging document says Project Veritas purchased the stolen property from Harris and the Jupiter resident Kurlander paid each of them $20,000.

The charging document says that Harris asked Kurlander for his assistance in selling certain items of the victim’s property.

The document said that Harris and Kurlander in September 2020 attended a campaign fundraiser in Florida for an individual, identified as Candidate-2, who was running against the victim’s father. That fundraiser is known to be one held for then-President Donald Trump.

4 days later, a representative from Trump’s campaign told Harris and Kurlander that the campaign was not concerned with buying the stolen property, the charging document says.

Kurlander then texted Harris, saying, “[Candidate-2] campaign cannot use it. They need it to go to the FBI. There may be NO WAY [Candidate-2] can use this. It must be done a distinct way.”

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a press release Thursday, “Harris and Kurlander stole personal property from a right away member of the family of a candidate for national political office.”

“They sold the property to a corporation in Recent York for $40,000 and even returned to take more of the victim’s property when asked to accomplish that,” Williams said.

“Harris and Kurlander sought to benefit from their theft of one other person’s personal property, and so they now stand convicted of a federal felony in consequence,” he said.

Each defendants face a possible maximum sentence of 5 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property.

They each agreed to forfeit $20,000 as a part of their guilty pleas.

FBI agents last November searched several locations that belonged to current and former members of Project Veritas as a part of the probe of the Biden diary theft.

Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe, in a press release issued at the moment, said that the organization had been approached by people offering it the Biden diary. But O’Keefe said the group decided to not publish the contents of the diary, and later turned it over to law enforcement when Ashley’s lawyer refused to simply accept it.

“At the tip of the day, we made the moral decision that because, partially, we couldn’t determine if the diary was real, if the diary the truth is belonged to Ashley Biden, or if the contents of the diary occurred, we couldn’t publish the diary and any part thereof,” O’Keefe said on the time.

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