When her story didn't quite check out, the Post reporter confronted Phillips.
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. But the Post determined her story was false, created to make the paper look bad if it published the account, which would have been the latest in explosive allegations against Moore. Phillips claimed that she and Moore had a sexual relationship, that she became pregnant as a result and that Moore convinced her to get an abortion and drove her to MS to obtain one.
After Phillips told reporters her story, she continually asked them what impact they thought the story might have-and if they thought it would lead to Moore losing the election.
Social media users were rightfully appalled.
The Post reporter confronted both O'Keefe and Philipps outside the Project Veritas office on Monday, but both refused to confirm whether Phillips works for the group.
The rigorous team of researchers and reporters at the Post began to notice inconsistencies in Phillip's story.
The mortgage company that Phillips claimed to work for told the Post that she was not an employee there. Of the two donations listed on the page, the Post says one was made by someone with the same name as Phillips' daughter. Fact-checking her background led to the discovery of a GoFundMe page under the same name, seeking funds to help relocate to NY for employment by "the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceit of the liberal MSM [Mainstream Media]".
Project Veritas is a registered 501 (c) tax-exempt organization originally incorporated in Virginia in 2010 and which moved to Mamaroneck in 2012.
The email promised "I might know something" about Moore - and after a series of communications through the Signal encrypted messaging service, the woman eventually said her name was Jaime Phillips, and that she was willing to meet in person.
The Post said one of its researchers also found a GoFundMe campaign created by a "Jaime Phillips" asking for contributions to move to NY for a new job. Run by James O'Keefe, a self-described "guerrilla journalist", the group is known to set up sting operations to expose media bias through audio and video recordings, per the Post. "Yeah, it was going to be with the Daily Caller, but it ended up falling through, so I wasn't able to do it".