A woman who approached the Washington Post with unsubstantiated and dubious allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore appears to be connected to conservative activist James O'Keefe, the Washington Post reported Monday evening.
Nine women with highly credible allegations - the first four having been published in a bombshell Washington Post report - have come forward to say Moore sexually abused them, one of whom was as young as 14.
On Monday morning, the Post spotted Phillips entering the NY offices of Project Veritas, a conservative group that uses bogus identities and hidden cameras to trick and embarrass its targets.
She also apparently had a GoFundMe account from May raising money so she could move to New York City and "work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceit of the liberal [mainstream media]".
The newspaper's editors made the extraordinary decision to publish and expose Phillip's off-the-record communications once they were confident she was part of an intentional scam targeting their reporters.
"We always honor "off-the-record" agreements when they're entered into in good faith", executive editor Martin Baron explained.
Washington Post reporters saw Phillips entering the NY offices of O'Keefe's group, Project Veritas, on Monday, according to the report. "But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us".
But the GoFundMe page, which was found and saved as an image by a Post researcher, included a statement by Phillips that she had been recently laid off from her "mortgage job".
O'Keefe and the Post have put out dueling videos of a brief interview outside his offices on Monday in which the conservative activist seeks to turn the tables and question Post reporter Aaron C. Davis, who repeatedly asks O'Keefe whether the woman works for him.
'Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren't fooled, and we can't honor an "off-the-record" agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith'.
Phillips eventually told the WAPO reporter she didn't agree to go on the record with her story, then she got up and left.
Armed with their research, Post reporter McCrummen and a video team from the newspaper met with Phillips in an Alexandria, Virginia restaurant on November 22.
The apparent connection between Phillips and O'Keefe led the Post to take the rare step of publishing remarks that had previously been off the record. "Yeah, it was going to be with the Daily Caller, but it ended up falling through, so I wasn't able to do it".