Former congressional staffer who helped Nunes undermine the Russia probe promoted to top Trump national security job

Former congressional staffer who helped Nunes undermine the Russia probe promoted to top Trump national security job
Gage Skidmore
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

A former congressional staffer who helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) undermine the Russia investigation has been promoted on the National Security Council staff.


Kash Patel, a top Nunes staffer and former senior counsel for the House Intelligence Committee, was bumped up to serve as senior director of the Counterterrorism Directorate of the National Security Council, reported The Daily Beast.

Patel left Capitol Hill earlier this year to serve on the NSC’s Directorate of International Organizations and Alliances, and was then promoted to a leadership post on counterterrorism.

Patel left Capitol Hill earlier this year to serve on the NSC’s Directorate of International Organizations and Alliances, and was then promoted to a leadership post on counterterrorism.

Patel and another Nunes staffer, Doug Presely, also went to London in summer 2017 to question the former British spy who wrote the Trump-Russia dossier, which the president and his allies have inaccurately claimed launched the FBI investigation of his presidential campaign.

A judge issued a rare “order of ineptitude” against Patel in 2016 that faulted his handling of the prosecution of Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, who was accused of trying to support ISIS.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes admonished Patel from the bench after he arrived in court, shortly after a flight, without proper attire.

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