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Jake Tapper’s Producer Rick Saleeby Appears in Virginia Court, Refuses Comment When Questioned on CNN Employment Status by Veritas Journalist

[Fairfax County, VA – Dec. 28, 2021] CNN Producer, Rick Saleeby, appeared in Fairfax County, Virginia court today, answering to a Protective Order placed against him by his former fiancé. The judge extended the Protective Order to two years.

Saleeby is currently under investigation for possible sex crimes involving children, thanks to a Project Veritas story published on December 15.

When questioned by a Project Veritas reporter outside the courthouse, Saleeby offered no comment, raced to get in his car, and sped away. His attorney, Patrick O’Brien, with Dischley Law, also offered no comment.

Project Veritas contacted Fairfax County Police for comment on the investigation, and received the following response from their Public Affairs Director, Anthony Guglielmi, on December 26:

The Fairfax County Police Department has launched an investigation into serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims. Detectives assigned to the Child Exploitation Squad of the Major Crimes Bureau are leading the investigation. While we will eventually be transparent about our findings, safeguarding the personal privacy and safety of victims and witnesses as well as maintaining the integrity of our criminal investigation are of paramount importance.

At this time, we are not in a position to provide additional detail on the scope or nature of this investigation.

The network has remained silent in this case and other cases that involve allegations of sexual misconduct among their employees.

For those who want to contact CNN and ask what measures will be taken as a result of this troubling Veritas investigation, you can contact the following people:

Barbara Levin

Twitter: @BarbLevin4

Barbara.Levin@turner.com

Matt Dornic

Twitter: @mdornic

Matt.Dornic@turner.com 

Jonathan Hawkins

Twitter: @jonathanhCNN

Jonathan.Hawkins@turner.com

Alison Rudnick

Twitter: @ARudnickHLN

Alison.Rudnick@turner.com

Twitter: Oliver Darcy

@oliverdarcy

Oliver.Darcy@cnn.com

CNN Communications

Twitter: @CNNPR

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