Prince William County Police are investigating allegations that a New York Times reporter broke into the apartment of a former campaign staffer of Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Virginia, Inside NOVA reported.
Stewart’s campaign issued a news release Thursday alleging that reporter Stephanie Saul broke into former staff member Brian Landrum’s apartment “in search of a story.”
Landrum is now a volunteer for the campaign and is serving part-time as an adviser to Stewart, according to Inside NOVA. Stewart is currently chairman at-large of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.
Big League Politics reported last night that Landrum and a house guest filed the police report after the house guest witnessed an intruder identified as NYT reporter Stephanie Saul inside Landrum’s apartment Wednesday, July 18, at 2:15 p.m. Landrum was reportedly at work at the time.
The eyewitness was listening to music when she heard rustling, turned around, and saw a female in Landrum’s kitchen. The woman was turning to leave. The kitchen is 5 to 10 feet from the apartment’s threshold. The apartment is a secured facility with key fob doors. Non-residents are not allowed in the apartment building without consent. Access to the apartment building requires a key fob.
Brian Landrum said that he does not know Stephanie Saul. The apartment building’s office reported that Ms. Saul asked about Landrum at the front desk, saying she was trying to find Landrum and that he did not answer his door when she knocked. The office said that they did not allow Stephanie Saul into the building, and they do not know how she entered the building at this time.
According to the house guest, Saul asked if Landrum was there because she wanted to ask him some questions. When told that he was at work, she asked when he would be back. Saul reportedly then asked the house guest if she would give him a note requesting an interview.