The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it has referred “deeply concerning” allegations against an employee to the DOJ Inspector General. This followed the release of an undercover video released by Project Veritas. In the video, DOJ paralegal Allison Hrabar is alleged to have used government-owned computers and software on behalf of the Democratic Socialists of America. Also featured in the video is Jessica Schubel -- the former Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the Obama administration.
This is the second in a series of undercover videos to be released by Project Veritas. On Tuesday, a video released by the group recorded a State Department official who said he conducted business for the Democratic Socialists of America while at work.
Both Schubel and Hrabar make admissions to the undercover journalist that appear to show that federal employees are using their government jobs to resist the Trump administration’s policies. Project Veritas suggests that federal laws may have been broken in the process.
Hrabar is the member of the Democratic Socialists of America who was seen harassing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at Washington DC-area restaurant earlier this summer. Hrabar said that federal employees are resisting their president. She admitted hat, “…there’s a lot of talk about how we can like, resist from inside,” at the Department of Justice. She told the Project Veritas journalist that fellow DSA member, who also works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is “…slowing what they do” so as to keep beneficiaries to remain on food stamps. “We have a member who works for the people who distribute food stamps,”she said, “and they can like take that away, and they’re slowing what they do… what they’re doing means that people are going to be able to stay on food stamps for another month or two, which is like really important.”
Project Veritas suggests that Hrabar has been using government-owned property to perform DSA activism. The video recorded a Cliff Green, another DSA member, stating that Hrabar uses Lexis Nexis to find home addresses for DSA protests. He said in the video, “So Allison is a paralegal, so she, her living is researching people, so she’s very good at researching people. So, they just find the companies, and then the people that run those companies, and then they find their home address. She uses LexisNexis and a couple other software things.”
Also in the report, Natarajan Subramanian – an auditor for the Government Accountability Office and fellow DSA member – told the undercover journalist that colleague Hrabar uses her work computer to access Lexis Nexis: “I mean, she has used it, she uses it probably on her work computer.” Subramanian said that exposing the practice could be risky, saying: “…that’s the kind of thing that you would get fired for…people do not have the silver bullet, the smoking gun or whatever. Um, if they were able to get proof of that, you know? So, we’re all walking that line.”
In April, said Project Veritas, Hrabar led a protest on the home of Jeremy Wiley, a Washington DC-based lobbyist. On video, Hrabar said she found his address through possibly illegal means:
Hrabar: “And so we ran the license plate, and it was a car registered to Jeremy Wiley, so you have his car parked outside a house that he does own. As of very recently, and someone saw him through the window, which is also…
PV Journalist: “Also, we’re able to run license plates through?”
Hrabar: “You can. We cannot do it officially.”
Hrabar did not appear to be concerned that her activities at work may endanger her employment. She said, “Like, what’s kind of lucky is at the DOJ, we can’t like get fired.”
A little resistance movement
On tape, Jessica Schubel says that within the federal government “…there’s like a little resistance movement,” and added that allies within the Department of Health and Human Services “…give [her] information” before its official release.
PV Journalist: “…she mailed it to you in like physical snail mail like post office and then you like got it. That’s like awesome.”
Schubel: “Yeah. It’s kind of like the Nixon, “deep throat” type of thing.”
Schubel explains the exact process of the “illegal” transaction:
PV Journalist: ” So, your friend mailed you confidential government information that is illegal to mail…”
PV Journalist: “And then you were able to write about that…”
PV Journalist: “Is it illegal to receive it?”
Schubel admitted that some of the information provided by her friends is confidential, thus allowing her to prepare responses to Trump administration initiatives before their official announcement:
PV Journalist: “So, [your friend at HHS] sent you like what the administration was about to do… what’s so illegal about it? Just because you could write an article earlier than you otherwise could?”
Schubel: “Well yeah, it was confidential.”
“This may be the largest case of unaccountability in our government that has ever been exposed,” said Project Veritas President and founder James O’Keefe.