In July 2020, a single mother of two moved into a former boyfriend’s rented house in Delray Beach, Florida. The woman, Aimee Harris, a Trump supporter, told the former boyfriend she had little money, nowhere to live and was in a bitter custody dispute. Shortly after moving into the rental, Ms Harris learned that Ms Biden – also a friend of the former boyfriend – had stayed at the house earlier that year during the pandemic.
Ms. Biden had returned to the Philadelphia area in June 2020, around the time her father snagged the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. She stored a few bags of her stuff in the rental house along with her diary, and she told her friend, who was renting the house, that she planned to come back to pick up her stuff in the fall.
In August, Ms Harris contacted Robert Kurlander, a friend who had been sentenced to 40 months in prison in the 1990s for federal fraud and expressed anti-Biden sentiments online, to say she had found the newspaper. The two thought they could sell it, allowing Ms Harris to help pay the lawyers representing her in the custody dispute.
New details from interviews and documents clarified what happened next. Mr. Kurlander contacted Elizabeth Fago, the Trump donor who would organize the fundraiser that Donald Trump Jr. was attending. When first told about the newspaper, Mrs. Fago said she thought it would help Mr. Trump to win the election, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Richard G. Lubin, an attorney for Ms. Fago, declined to comment.
On September 3, Ms. Fago’s daughter alerted Project Veritas about the newspaper via its whistleblower line.
Three days later, Ms. Harris and Mr. Kurlander – with the newspaper in hand – attended the fundraiser Donald Trump Jr. was attending at Ms. Fago’s house in Jupiter, Florida, to see if the president’s re-election campaign might be interested in it. While there, Mr. Kurlander showed the others the newspaper. We don’t know who saw it.