Kash Patel, author of “Nunes Memo,” has been working for NSC since last year.
Indian American Kashyap “Kash” Patel, a senior director of counter terrorism at the National Security Council, has been named chief of staff to the new Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller.
Patel’s appointment follows the resignation of Jen Stewart, who held the position until now.
Along with Patel, two other Trump loyalists have also been promoted to key positions, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
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Controversial retired brigadier general Anthony Tata has been made the policy chief, while Ezra Cohen-Watnick has been named acting undersecretary of defense for intelligence.
Trump had nominated Tata for the same job earlier this summer. But the nomination was withdrawn due to opposition from key senators. He had called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”He was also criticized for several Islamophobic comments.
Patel is also no stranger to controversy. Last year, he had filed a defamation suit against Politico and journalist Natasha Bertrand after they reported that he was involved in President Trump’s plan to withhold $400 million in aid to Ukraine to pressure that country’s leader to investigate former Joe Biden.
He sought $25 million from Politico alleging defamation. He said that at no time before October 30, he had ever communicated on Ukraine with the president.
Publicly released transcripts of the congressional testimony of former NSC Russia expert Fiona Hill and its then-White House official Col. Alexander Vindman had also mentioned Patel’s role in the matter.
Previously, Patel had worked for the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee when Trump loyalist David Nunes chaired the panel. He was one of the authors of the soc-called Nunes Memo that accused the FBI and Justice Department of bias against Trump.