According to a report from the New York Times, former poker professional and Survivor contestant Anna Khait was a part of a plot to spy on intelligence officers from the Trump administration.
The newspaper claims that in response to “documents and people involved in the operations,” a corporation referred to as Project Veritas recruited Khait as half of a bigger group of girls that have been tasked with taking F.B.I. staff on dates and use a secretly report them belittling the previous president.
Project Veritas is a non-profit group that makes use of comparable techniques to the one described by the New York Times as part of what founder James O’Keefe describes as investigative reporting.
A current video launched by the group confirmed CNN Technical Director Charlie Hester saying that the media firm created propaganda to assist oust President Trump from workplace. Hester additionally stated that when it got here to tv information “fear drives ratings.” In each clip of the video, Hester gave the impression to be in an off-the-cuff setting at a restaurant or diner as if he have been on a date with somebody.
It’s reported that Khait was considered one of a number of girls residing at a home within the Washington D.C. space rented by Project Veritas and was concerned in comparable actions. She was recognized by a former worker of Project Veritas and one other particular person as one of many girls that had been concerned with a lot of these operations.
The report states a number of occasions that it’s “unclear” whether or not Project Veritas funded or directed the operation, however it by no means wavered on Khait’s involvement in no matter operation was being run.
There was a short interval the place Khait described herself as knowledgeable poker participant. The New York native was a well-recognized face within the poker world, regardless of cashing for simply $12,811 over a four-year span between 2013-2016. Her final recorded match money was for $1,497 because of a Seventy fifth-place end in a $560 no-limit maintain’em occasion on the Borgata Fall Poker Open.
Her lone money on the World Series of Poker got here in 2016 as effectively. She was a part of a crew that completed a hundred and fifteenth within the $1,000 no-limit maintain’em tag crew occasion.
Khait used the publicity she gained from poker to safe a spot on the thirty second version of Survivor. She was the fifth particular person to be voted off of the present.
She describes herself as a “Conservative Ex-Pro Poker Player,” in response to her Twitter bio. Upon leaving the poker world, Khait transitioned to politics and used the notoriety from her actuality TV look and her poker profession to turn out to be a voice within the conservative motion. She was an outspoken Trump supporter on social media for the final a number of years and now has 276,000 followers on Twitter.
On Friday, Khait refuted the claims made by the New York Times, however acknowledged working for Project Veritas.
“The only truth the NYT posted is that I investigated a communist in the Department of State and he got fired,” tweeted Khait. “TRUE. It was at a public event. We never went on a date. I’m proud to have served my country. We should all want the truth.”
In subsequent tweets, Khait stated that the newspaper is being sued by Project Veritas for libel and that she could be submitting lawsuits in opposition to the publication as effectively. She denied ever being investigated by the F.B.I.