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How Kash Patel rose from obscure Hill staffer to key operative in Trump’s battle with the intelligence community

Opinion by
David Ignatius
Columnist
April 16, 2021 at 1:31 p.m. EDT

In the Trump administration’s four-year battle with the intelligence community, a recurring character was a brash lawyer named Kashyap P. “Kash” Patel. He appeared so frequently, in so many incarnations, that he was almost a “Zelig” figure in President Donald Trump’s confrontation against what he imagined as the “deep state.”

Patel repeatedly pressed intelligence agencies to release secrets that, in his view, showed that the president was being persecuted unfairly by critics. Ironically, he is now facing Justice Department investigation for possible improper disclosure of classified information, according to two knowledgeable sources who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe. The sources said the investigation resulted from a complaint made this year by an intelligence agency, but wouldn’t provide additional details.

Patel didn’t respond to text, email and voice mail messages, or a request to talk at his residence. A lawyer described as representing him also did not respond.

While other Trump staffers, most prominently adviser Stephen Miller, became near-household names, Patel, now 41, flew largely beneath the radar during the Trump administration. In the span of four years, he rose from an obscure Hill staffer to become one of the most powerful players in the national security apparatus. The saga of his battles with the intelligence bureaucracy shows how the last administration empowered its lieutenants to challenge what it saw as the deep state.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/16/kash-patel-trump-intelligence-community

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 08:59 PM

1. Needs to be rooted out

Squished greatly
Never to lawyer
Again

Nobody at his original position
Would have done this alone
Had permission from a higher up

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Sat Apr 17, 2021, 10:39 PM

2. To modern Republicans and especially Trump, deep state, translates to:

The laws and regulations that prevent them from scams like leveraging National security funds for a favor from Zelenskiy and of course for repaying political supporters with contracts and policy influence.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 18, 2021, 11:53 AM

3. A traitor with high-level access to our national secrets


Kashyap Patel (U.S. Department of Defense)

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