FBI search for former ABC news producer’s home sparks answers and questions – Deadline

A report on an FBI raid last spring at the home of ABC News producer and reporter James Gordon Meek has generated a response from his attorney and lingering questions about the nature of the investigation.

According to the network, Meek, a military and national security investigative reporter who produced Hulu’s 3212 Unredacted last year, “resigned very abruptly and didn’t work for us for months.”

According to a report from our sister publication rolling stone, Meek’s exit came after an April 27 raid on his apartment in Arlington, Va. Meek was not charged, but a magistrate signed the warrant the day before the raid. The documents of the case remain sealed, rolling stone reported. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the publication reported that the search involved classified information found on his computer.

“Mr. Meek is not aware of allegations from anonymous sources regarding his possession of classified documents,” Meek’s attorney, Eugene Gorokhov, said in a statement. “If such documents exist, as claimed, it would fall within Mr. Meek’s long career as an investigative journalist covering government wrongdoing.”

Gorokhov also said it was “highly inappropriate and illegal for members of the government to leak information about an ongoing investigation.” He called on the Justice Department to investigate the leak.

The Justice Department referred the questions to the FBI, which declined to comment. But in April, the FBI confirmed it was conducting “court-authorized law enforcement activity” on Meek’s building block. At the time, the Arlington Now website reported on law enforcement activity in the building, but without details of the search of Meek’s home. The FBI said it could not comment further “due to an ongoing investigation.”

Meek had worked for ABC News since 2013 and was previously a senior investigator for the House Homeland Security Committee.

According rolling stone, colleagues and neighbors say they have not seen him since the search. Meek’s attorney did not specify his whereabouts, his current professional status or the nature of his departure from the network. He didn’t return Deadline’s messages.

The documentary feature 3212 Unredacted recounted the terrorist ambush of a U.S. Special Forces team in Niger on October 4, 2017 and the shifting version of events the Pentagon offered to family members of fallen soldiers.