Judge Garaufis Gives DOJ 30-Day Extension to Answer Raniere’s Claims of FBI Tampering

Keith Raniere just after his last moment of freedom - March 26, 2018. He is seated in the backseat of a Mesican federal police car. Raniere is now seeking to regain that freedom with his Rule 33 Motion for a new trial.

On June 22, Judge Nicholas Garaufis granted the DOJ a 30-day extension to respond to Keith Raniere’s Rule 33 motions for retrial based on “newly discovered evidence.” 

Raniere submitted two Rule 33 motions – one submitted by his lawyer Joseph Tully in May 2022, which contained allegations that the FBI tampered with digital evidence, and an “expert report” by former FBI forensic examiner, Dr. Richard Kiper, which described anomalies in the metadata of alleged contraband photos.

Kiper also documented several process violations in how the FBI handled evidence. Five additional forensic experts corroborate Kiper’s findings.

Raniere also filed a second Rule 33 motion pro se in June 2022. It contained affidavits from former NXIVM members who said they would have testified at Raniere’s trial had they not felt threatened by the prosecution and other evidence Raniere alleges might have swayed the jury had it been presented in court. 

Frank Makes Affidavit 

Among the affidavits was a stellar one by Raniere’s nemesis, Frank Parlato. His powerful statement called for due process even for his enemy.

Frank Parlato wrote in his affidavit:  

I stand indicted by the bad faith efforts of the US DOJ and Keith Raniere – starting in 2011. I am not a supporter of Keith Raniere. I… never was a member of NXIVM…. 

I have published around 5,000 stories on NXIVM and Raniere. These stories have had more than 20 million views. The New York Times acknowledged… “Many of Mr. Raniere’s followers learned of the secret society from a website run by…Parlato Jr. [who has] been locked in a long legal battle with two sisters, Sara and Clare Bronfman, who are members of Nxivm…. In early June [2017], Mr. Parlato published the first in a torrent of salacious posts under the headline, ‘Branded Slaves and Master Raniere.'” 

Sarah Edmondson told her story to HBO. She said, “I told Frank about my branding experience, so that he could expose DOS in time to stop the next session…. We were successful. The word about Frank’s blog spread in the community. And because of this heat, the next branding ceremony was called off.”

DOS ended with my reporting…. No woman was branded again. 

India Oxenberg told her story on Starz ‘Seduced.’ 

“As soon as the [Frank Report] posts started coming up, there was a ton of questions, and a lot of chatter. My slaves left immediately after that. And none of them had to complete the seduction assignment or be branded. That was a huge relief.” 

Her mother, Catherine Oxenberg… wrote, “Frank was fearless. And once I’d given him this information, he ran with it. And he didn’t stop…. He was an unstoppable force.” 

Vicente from the Vow: “When Frank came out with the news it set the whole organization into panic. A lot of people began asking questions. And that was the idea – it’s not just to expose what’s going on, it was also about getting people to leave, getting people away from danger.”… 

 I am Raniere’s adversary. I am opposed to Raniere and deplore what he has done. I believe Raniere is guilty of abusing the victim, Camila. He abused her. It was child sexual exploitation…. 

I do not claim to know the definitive answer. We are not prosecutors who seek only evidence of guilt and wear trial, or truth blinders…. 

At a pretrial hearing, AUSA Moira Penza said Camila “goes throughout this case. I mean, there will be almost ~ there’s very little evidence in this case that does not relate to that victim.” 

It became a trial about Camila without Camila. An FBI SA agent actually portrayed her on the witness stand, reading her texts for hours, as an AUSA read Raniere. 

They presented her medical history. Her sister and others spoke about her. Her landlord, her nurse, and others spoke. An FBI agent testified he saw so many naked photos that he could identify dates without the metadata. Another agent discussed the evidence of dating her photos with metadata. Then there was the most dramatic scene in the trial. An FBI agent walked her photos in, in a red binder – and everyone sat in stony stillness. She opened the red binder before the judge, and he turned away. The jury saw, and then she brought them the binder – of Camila. The jury shuddered. They looked down. They turned away. All the while, she was not at the trial. 

Her abortion records, her appendectomy. Her extremely private texts were read. The most private personal texts. Her diary was shared. They had pictures of her and discussed the reasons for an alleged suicide attempt. Pictures, medical records and hearsay.

 She was a conspirator when that let evidence in, and a victim when that helped. Despite being the crucial victim, Camila did not testify at the trial. 

This was a trial about Camila without Camila. And digital evidence supplanted the live witness. 

Raniere’s counsel did not get the digital evidence either. The evidence that convicted him – the digital evidence – was withheld until days before trial. Some of it was never provided. It is understandable that the government might not have wanted her to testify. She was no longer a child. She was 28. She was one of the First Line of DOS. A DOS First Line master. 

AUSA Penza said of the First Line. “Every member of the first line was a co-conspirator. There is no question; there’s no distinction about that… When they joined DOS, they knew that the defendant was their grandmaster…. They conspired with the defendant to conceal his identity and to recruit new people… to get naked pictures. To get property. And… to get women to have sex with the defendant. Camila was part of the scheme that confined her sister, Daniela.

 At trial. Judge Garaufis would ask: Is Cami a co-conspirator? AUSA Hajjar: Your Honor, she was involved — as Daniela and Lauren Salzman testified, she was involved in the confinement of Daniela in the room, and so, in that respect, she was assisting in a criminal scheme. She is, however, a victim in other respects. 

The Judge later said, “she is a co-conspirator, or alleged to be a co-conspirator.” The allegation came from the prosecution, not the defense. 

And Camila participated in the sex trafficking count. When Raniere blindfolded and tied Nicole to a table in her apartment. There was very little evidence that did not relate to that absent victim. New evidence suggests the DOJ calculated they did not want her as a witness. New evidence suggests the DOJ could have called her, but decided not to. They might have put in place mechanisms available to federal prosecutors to have a witness come to court and testify. 

Yes, she is a victim. I was present when Camila said she was a victim of sexual abuse at Raniere’s sentencing. She spoke after the trial, after his conviction. I heard Camila say Raniere abused her when she was 15.

I heard her say he took pictures of her when she was 15. 1 believe her. 

But the forensic evidence is questionable. 

Evidence seems to have been withheld from the defense. Expert witnesses seemed to have made misrepresentations. The FBI bungled evidence. There were instances of evasive testimony. And new evidence contradicts the idea that the DOJ could NOT produce her…. 

The photos and the digital evidence are at the heart of the allegations… Camila stated Raniere abused her and took photos of her. I believe her. But the question is, are the photos the government used as evidence that they purport were her at 15, found accidentally as they claim? 

Are the forensic dates accurate? Or were they tampered with?…. If the photos are accurate, were they found where the FBI said they found them? I am not interested in proving Raniere did or did not take photos of Camila. I assume he did. What I want to know is did the government tamper with evidence to convict Raniere of a crime he DID commit?… 

 I have reviewed enough evidence that I believe Raniere abused Camila. And I believe the FBI may not have had the evidence to prove it. I think it is also likely that the FBI did not “accidentally discover” the evidence as they claim. Some evidence causes me concern… Either the photos were there at 8 Hale or they weren’t. Either they were there from the start or they made a belated arrival. 

Either they are Camila when she was 15, or they are not. 

A non-party may have supplied evidence beneath the nose of official actors. Or maybe the photos were there – for years hiding in plain sight. Despite evidence contradicting it. I reject these false equivalences: Camila said Raniere abused her when she was 15, hence the evidence used by the FBI is competent. Raniere is guilty, so the FBI evidence is competent. Camila said Raniere took photos of her when she was 15, so the evidence must be competent. The DOJ made this argument. It is illogical. Camila has not identified the actual evidence…. 

The FBI should not present tampered evidence against a guilty defendant. If we allow this perfidious camel to nose into the tent of our enemy, we invite his presence in all our tents. He will be our constant companion. Camila is a victim. Raniere committed the crime. But the FBI has to prove it. They cannot cheat the jury.

Historically, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has not ruled favorably for Raniere, but there may be a chance of a favorable ruling if the tampering evidence is compelling enough. 

Time will tell.

Judge Garaufis will at least give the DOJ the extra 30 days they need – though it is not as if they just got the motion. It’s been filed for more than a year.

Judge Garaufis ruled:

The court is in receipt of the Government’s 1205 request for an extension of time to file. This request is GRANTED. The Government is DIRECTED to file its consolidated response to Defendant Raniere’s motion for a new trial and motion to compel on or before July 23, 2023.


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  • “If we allow this perfidious camel to nose into the tent of our enemy, we invite his presence in all our tents. He will be our constant companion.”

    Best line – valid warning but I fear it’s too late already. This is not a govt for the people.

  • Who is worse in terms of complaint submission, Keith Raniere or Ghislaine Maxwell? It looks like Ghislaine will be the winner of this contest.

    Mail Online

    EXCLUSIVE: ‘She’s the prison Karen!’ Ghislaine Maxwell files more than 400 complaints behind bars about canceled temple services, hypoallergenic pillows, and no access to black HAIR DYE after she was unable to cover her gray
    Ghislaine Maxwell, 61, has filed more than 400 complaints over her conditions in prison since starting her 20-year sentence at FCI Tallahassee last July
    After whining about the food and ‘unfair treatment’, her latest grievance is over hair dye which has become unavailable in the prison, sources told DailyMail.com
    According to our insider, Maxwell’s goal is to cause such a stink that she ends up transferred to a new facility: ‘She has too many enemies and she wants out’

    PUBLISHED: 16:37 BST, 28 June 2023 | UPDATED: 22:51 BST, 28 June 2023


  • If it’s not to late hopefully this special message will reach SUNEEL:

    Suneel, your Twitter pic makes you look like Curious George…..

    ……If he was a retarded monkey which died 2 months ago.

    Have a great day!

    • Ten weeks ago was the last time something was posted on the Instagram account “The Dossier Project”.

      • Anonymous 7:39AM-

        10 weeks ago? I agree it’s dead.

        Nicki Clyne was definitely the leader and the glue.

        She lead most of the Dossier online group meetings.

        Regarding the others:
        I wonder if Danielle will be a hold out.

        Suneel feels important for the first time in his life (helping Vanguard). So I think he will stick around for some time.

        Clare Bronfman, I believe will be the longest holdout.

        Do you have any opinions?

        • If the group breaks up and there is no one left to hold the remaining group together, and no one contributes and brings new ideas, this will inevitably further demotivate the group, if there is any group left at all, perhaps only a few. The departure of such important figures as Nicki, who was the driving force behind many activities in the group, will make everyone think about how and whether to continue at all. The point of the whole thing is slowly being lost. I suspect the rest of the group will feel the hopelessness and know that they can’t accomplish anything or much and it’s better to quit.

  • Uhm….


    I read Frank’s affidavit. His insights are ASTONISHING!!!!

    I had no idea Frank is a clairvoyant and human lie detector.
    (I had no idea gout gives you superpowers.)

    Once again the corrupt malevolent FBI can’t be trusted, but KIPPER a former FBI agent turned HIRED GUN can be trusted?

    The only people that this makes any sense to you are on KETAMINE!!!!!

          • It turned me into a BADAZZZ BITCH. It gave me pain. I burned. I tingled. I itched. To prove I’d turned BADAZZ, I could show off my red rash and my fluid filled blisters that kept breaking open and crusting over.

            In one word, shingles is EMPOWERING! It let’s you conquer the world! I’ll take my shingles any day over Frank’s painful feet and clairvoyancy.

            But enough about me. What superpowers has donovanosis given you?

          • —But enough about me. What superpowers has donovanosis given you?

            I can shit out my dick!

  • The DOJ seems to have been the “white hats” in the Raniere case.

    Someone in the news said recently that the DOJ used to be mostly “the good guys”, but now it’s 95% working for the “dark side”. With such a lack of civility and ethics today in a world of people in politics who would kill JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King Jr., Raniere could be set free to try to destroy the world again. The political violence we saw in the 1960s and 70s could easily happen again if we let it.

    • It’s possible a mole messed with the photo data to make the DOJ look bad and sabotage the case. Such obvious changes in the photos and photo data seem to have been to attract attention to what looks like obviously tainted evidence to destroy the DOJ’s case.

      So much other evidence presented proved so many crimes. Would they have to retry the whole case because of that? If the dark side/ deep state/ left hand path people messed with the evidence — whoever they were — didn’t play by the rules. Did anyone investigate to find out if a mole tainted the evidence?

      Why was Mr. Dershowitz’s noise about trying to discredit the DOJ? Shouldn’t he have asked more questions about who did it and how? Why tell the public that it was the DOJ when anyone cold have done it? Some say there’s an effort to destroy the public’s faith in the DOJ. Maybe it was all a show to accomplish that goal because so many eyes were on the NXIVM case.

      The warmongers running America are the least qualified, maybe on purpose. The guy from BlackRock says you can buy a senator for a few thousand dollars. Multinational corporations and central banks at the WEF advertise their goal to tank the USA by 2030 — and Ms. Harris will probably be president of the United States of America, soon. So there’s that. 😐

  • Your two seconds of fame are up Frank. Your writing used to be pretty good. Now it’s like watching someone masturbate to their own photographs. I think you probably need a good therapist. You’re pretty fucked up, man.

    • Have you nothing better to do at 12:15 am?

      Y’are a baggage. You minimus, of hindering knot-grass made: you bead, you acorn. Such a seething brain, such shaping fantasies. Get you gone, you [redacted].

    • Frank Report is a National Treasure. One of the very few uncensored Investigative News blogs in existence. Frank Parlato has no boss nor editor to suppress the facts.

      When NXIVM started becoming a belabored topic, he pivoted to exposing corruption in N.Y. and CT Family Court systems. Because of Frank Report, child-trafficking by judges, court-appointed bigoted custody evaluators, criminal lawyers, etc. have all been exposed.

      American media is swirling the drain: we need Frank Report more now than ever.

      • So true, Pilgrim.

        Sold-out politicians and business owners don’t want facts and evidence presented in this kind of public forum. Frank is a hero, happy to offer this free exchange of facts and evidence so anyone can know what’s happening in our world and contribute ideas to move this world forward.

        Those crazy, obnoxious and brilliant photos are getting attention in this wonderful world of Disney, CNN, Fox News, Bain Capital and the Kardashians. Besides that fierce corporate competition in the publishing world, Frank also faced the Bronfman sister’s lawfare against him for exposing what “NXIVM” was doing to the world.

        Some big shot(s) in some federal office probably helped the Bronfman sisters go after Frank. That was not fair at all. Why were their activities in NXIVM so thoroughly criticized?

        Who would be surprised to learn Mitt Romney (with his connections in Chihuahua, Mexico) or some other political-kind-of-person had something to do with it. Maybe Mitt Romney and his influential friends were behind that “NXIVM” plan to arm Mexicans with American guns “to fight the drug cartels” there. The kind of ethics in control of American foreign wars and the wars flamed in “family courts” are the same kind of ethics in the Iran-Contra deals. Maybe some cabal somewhere wanted to destroy everyone who was critical to “NXIVM” so they could flood Mexico with weapons, and then open the southern border.

        At this rate, who would be surprised if Mark Malloch Brown chooses Mitt Romney to be America’s president after Joe quietly steps down — and after President Gavin Newsom and Justin Trudeau force everyone to get chipped for a CBDC social credit score.

        Klaus Schwab and Elon Musk could then connect our brains to the internet — thanks in part to Dr. Brandon Porter’s brainwave experiments, Charles Lieber’s nano-antennae work in Wuhan, Nancy’s Neurolinguistic programming and Keith’s branded super-soldier ladies who might still be growing in numbers exponentially.

        Joking aside, anything’s possible as long as so few know or care what’s happening. This much is certain: our beautiful world is going to need about a million more FR articles with crazy photos in order to survive.


    • Yawn-

      Frank is well known regionally and nationally he has a documentary which aired on the Discovery Channel.

      Frank doesn’t masturbate to his own photographs—cuz he ain’t gay.

  • Thank you for this article. Frank, thank you for this superbly written affidavit that well expresses the types of logical fallacies from which conclusions can be drawn when reasoning is clouded by anathema toward a scumbag.

    With all the resources at the DOJ’s disposal, extraordinary precision must be taken to secure the veracity of witnesses and the fullness and authenticity of the evidence.

    This is especially true when dealing with a scumbag, as all inclination is to dispense with don’t-get-me-started “niceties.”

    Does this defendant not get the right to confront his accuser? If he does not, do any of us?

    THIS is the point: if the procedural safeguards of law are to protect any of us, same must be extended to all of us. The DOJ is not allowed to employ a quasi-transitive property (if x =y, and y = z, then x = z) scooching the evidence into false equivalents.

    A twenty-eight-year-old woman, who by my (conceded limited) knowledge of this case, must, if her testimony is to be employed, have that testimony be subject to cross-examination. Rigorous cross-examination. The most rigorous that can be mustered.

    Not because he is not a scumbag but because he, by other competent and sufficient evidence, is an Uber Scumbag.

    • In my opinion, he definitely has the right to face his accusers. To my knowledge, Keith’s lawyers chose to not present a defense. Could they not have called Cami on to the stand? Also, since Cami was likely a co-conspirator as a front-line Slave, should they not have pointed that out for the jury?

      To be completely honest, I am not even sure who the victims were in the case. Seems it was all consenting adults, with the exception of Cami who was 15 when Keith took child-porn pictures of her. Seems the rest were just a group of dumbbells who all had buyers remorse from Vanturd and NXIVM.

    • Stephanie,
      Given your rather illustrious record of intellectual endeavour, I am puzzled to see you’ve concluded with such certainty that key lawyers in Raniere’s case, have stepped on eggshells in a big way. More specifically, the allegation that some of them did not know what was happening around them, or, at least not within that courtroom.

  • Granting a 30-day extension is pretty much a pro forma exercise for most federal judges. The only time this sort of request gets denied is when the party requesting it has a habit of missing deadlines.

    • Here are some flowers 💐
      May your memories last on the wayback machine, love peaches

    • I think so. Dossier Project in the last throes, it seems. Danielle Roberts seems to still be a true-believer in Vanturd and all things NXIVM. Michelle married soy-boy Jerome, so she’s moved on. Not sure about the rest, but I believe they all finally snapped out of it and have reentered reality

      Same with Damon Brinks anti Frank Report website: letsnotbefrank.com . Looks like Damon may have finally pulled his head out of Keith’s ass.

      Suneel, Eduardo and Marc Elliot seem to be the only Dead-Enders still fully committed to NXIVM.

  • Raniere is the most misunderstood man in America. He is going to walk. He is too smart for all you creeps. When he walks and Clare walks, I hope he sues you, Frank

  • “… I stand indicted by the bad faith efforts of the US DOJ and Keith Raniere – starting in 2011…”

        • Because it’s no fare Frank finds 26 million dollars of Clare’s money wrapped up in orange juice commodites for a payment of one million bucks. Frank should have found the money in exchange for socks instead.

          • … and, since I live on this earth with everyone else, I’d like to know who pays the corruptible “BK” guy. Did he start carrying water for Clare and Sara Bronfman after Frank and Catherine destroyed NXIVM?

            Did someone hire that obviously corruptible guy to spin the focus away from: the two Bronfman sisters, Jack who owns real estate in Mexico, interior designs in Fiji, NATO’s bombing of Libya, a Mormon weapons program in Mexico, the dollhouse in Hollywood Hills (perfect for political blackmail), undocumented “Ethical Science” experiments on brainwashed human test subjects and international “rainbow cultural schools”?

            If the crazy corruptible guy typed the vulgar comment a few comments north of this comment to try to rattle Frank, someone needs to tell Mr. Corruptible: “Benefactor for corruptible BK, working to destroy truth-tellers and peacemakers in our world …” probably isn’t the legacy Edgar Bronfman Sr. had in mind.

    • Raniere is guilty, we all know it.

      He tried to get the pictures dismissed when they first showed up as evidence.

      Why, because he knew they would sink his ass.

      He will get no new trial.

      Even if they were not a part of trial, the text messages & emails between him & Cami alone prove he had sex with her before she was of age.

      Let’s move on with the sage.

  • “If we allow this perfidious camel to nose into the tent of our enemy, we invite his presence in all our tents. He will be our constant companion.” Frank Parlato

  • The 30 day extension was for the DOJ to combine its responses to Raniere’s related motions. Judge Garaufis was no doubt grateful to have the sprawling nonsense of Raniere’s latest compacted to manageable size.

    I wonder if the Judge feels obligated to read all this stuff? Like letters from the public, Raniere supporters and such, who have no standing in the case? He must be inundated by a flood of paperwork on a daily basis. How much is just skimmed by a clerk or secretary?

    Seems to me Garaufis will and should be interested in only two questions in deciding this Rule 33 motion:

    Is there new evidence?

    Is it compelling enough to throw out a jury’s verdict and invalidate a six-week trial?

    The answer to both is a resounding no.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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