Two weeks after the Washington Post published a bombshell story about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore attempting to initiate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, the paper appears to have been the near-victim of an undercover sting operation by a right-wing organization. The Post reports that a woman who approached the paper with a story about having been impregnated by Moore when she was a 15 was likely affiliated with Project Veritas, an organization run by James O'Keefe that aims to discredit mainstream news outlets and left-leaning political groups by using false stories and secret recordings.
The woman, Jaime T. Phillips, approached the Post via email the day after the first Moore story broke. During a series of interviews over the next two weeks, the woman told a Post reporter about her relationship with the former State Supreme Court judge, which she claimed led to an abortion when she was 15. The reporter was suspicious based on inconsistencies in the woman's story and Phillips' desire to know that her information would negatively affect Moore's election chances. This morning, Phillips was spotted walking into the Project Veritas offices in Mamaroneck, NY. O'Keefe refused to answer if Phillips was working for the organization. Phillips did not answer calls to her cellphone today. The Moore campaign has not responded to calls. (Read more Roy Moore stories.)