Trumpâ€™s National Security Council Adviser just sued Politico for exposing his role.
Kashyap â€œKashâ€ Patel, an Indian American officialÂ Â in President Donald Trumpâ€™s National Security Council,Â is at the center of a controversy for his alleged involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
Refuting the charges leveled against him Patel, Senior Director of counter terrorism at NSC, has filed a defamation law suit against Politico as well as journalist Natasha Bertrand.Politico had reported Patelâ€™s involvement in Trumpâ€™s reported plan to withhold $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to pressure the new Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
The suit has been filed in a Virginia state court against the American political opinion company, Politico which alleged that Patel presented himself as an imposter Ukraine expert in the White House.
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Patel is seeking $25 million from Politico alleging defamation. Patelâ€™s suit says that at no time before October 30, Kash had ever communicated on Ukraine with the President.
Interestingly, the publicly released transcripts of the testimony to the House Intelligence Committee-led impeachment Inquiry of former NSC Russia expert Fiona Hill and its current Ukraine expert Col. Alexander Vindman also refer to Patelâ€™s role in the matter.
But who is this Indian American official currently caught between Trump administration loyalists and those trying to expose the administration?
Kash Patel is a lawyer who has in the past, worked for the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee when California Republican David Nunes was its chair.
Patel joined the White House in February. He is better known as the principal author of Nunes Memo issued by Nunes accusing FBI and the Justice Department of bias against Trump.
Patel has also in the past, worked as a counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Justice Department.
Born and raised in Garden City, New York, Patelâ€™s parents originally hail from Gujarat in India.Â Â The family immigrated to the U.S. from East Africa by way of Canada during the 1970s.
An alumnus of the university of Richmond, Patel studied law at the University College London and Pace Universityâ€™s Law School.
He worked in Miami as a federal public defender before joining the Justice Department in 2014.