Former Trump administration official Kash Patel fought back Monday against recent allegations that the Justice Department is investigating whether he improperly disclosed classified information in an attempt to reveal that former President Trump was being targeted by the so-called “deep state” within the federal government.
“I think it’s the height of hypocrisy for the individual that started the Russia Gate hoax by publishing classified information himself … to accuse the individual who led the investigation to expose the Democratic fraud and FBI fraud that occurred of himself exposing classified information,” Patel said on “Just the News AM.” “I think that’s hilariously hypocritical.”
He published a memo in 2018 alleging the FBI intentionally misled a FISA court judge about the origins of the now-discredited, opposition research document known as the Steele Dossier. FBI officials allegedly misled the judge so they could surveil the Trump 2016 campaign and help Democratic rival Hillary Clinton win the election.
The allegations about the federal investigation on Patel appeared Friday in a Washington Post story by columnist David Ignatius, who said his report was based on “two knowledgeable sources who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe.”
Patel, whose parents are from East Africa, on Monday did not name whom he thinks leaked the information or whether he was holding Ignatius responsible. And he implied the allegations against him could have racial implications.
“And it just shows the irony of this old white man coming after the first minority to hold the positions of chief of staff, principal DNI and senior counsel for senior director for counterterrorism,” Patel told show host Sophie Mann. “And that’s all I have to say about him while my lawyer and I review the matter for next steps.”
Ignatius also said the sources said the investigation resulted from a complaint made this year by an intelligence agency.
Some allegations regarding the FBI’s abuse of the FISA court, formally known as the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies inside the country made by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, were proven true.