A woman who was recorded by undercover investigative organization Project Veritas has been arrested, according to an announcement from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot,” according to a press release. “Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code. Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe tweeted about the arrest: “For those in the news media who says there is no such thing as voter fraud and what we do is nothing more than an attempt to ‘undermine elections,’ TAKE A SEAT!”
Rodriguez previously issued a statement last year in which she denied wrongdoing and alleged that she was conducting her own investigation.
“I was recently approached by an individual representing an ‘anonymous candidate with money’ looking for help running in a future city council race. I immediately suspected something was wrong with this conversation,” she said. “Because I had no evidence of wrongdoing, I chose to continue the conversation and ‘play along’ in order to discover the source and gather my own evidence that I could submit to legal authorities. My suspicions were proven true as I recently learned that these operatives were funded by ‘Project Veritas’ as part of a larger investigation.”
“While I made false statements to the operatives in order to confirm my suspicions and further my own investigation, I did nothing illegal or unethical as implied by their edited video,” Rodriguez said.