Analysis: By taking on FBI’s vaunted 7th floor, Kash Patel made himself and Mar-a-Lago targets

by WorldTribune Staff, September 9, 2022

In January of 2018, then-chair of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes issued a memo stating that the FBI had relied on the bogus Christopher Steele dossier to obtain warrants for electronic surveillance of 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Kash Patel, later a key Trump Administration intelligence advisor, was a key investigator for Nunes in unraveling the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

Kash Patel: ‘This same FBI has been investigating death threats made against me due to baseless political overreach by government gangsters and in their greed for political vengeance, have threatened my safety again.’

The Patel/Nunes team launched “an unprecedented challenge to the FBI’s 7th-floor hierarchy and to its ballyhooed counterintelligence division,” Rowan Scarborough noted in an Aug. 31 analysis for The Washington Times.

Fast forward to Aug. 8 and the unprecedented FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Mar-a-Lago. The alleged objective was to collect top secret and other classified documents Trump took from the White House and kept at Mar-a-Lago.

An FBI search warrant affidavit mentions Trump eight times.

The only other individual whose name appears in the heavily-redacted affidavit is Kash Patel, Trump’s trusted aide in 2019-20 and now part of his social media company.

“This same FBI has been investigating death threats made against me due to baseless political overreach by government gangsters and in their greed for political vengeance, have threatened my safety again,” Patel said.

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Here is what the unnamed Washington field office agent told the judge:

“I am aware of an article published in Breitbart on May 5, 2022… which states that Kash Patel, who is described as a former top FPOTUS [former president of the United States] administration official, characterized as ‘misleading’ reports in other news organizations that [National Archives] had found classified materials among records that FPOTUS provided to [National Archives] from Mar-a-Lago. Patel alleged that such reports were misleading because FPOTUS had declassified the materials at issue.”

Scarborough noted: “There it is. The FBI decided to leave Patel’s name an open secret, subjecting him to the immediate destructive Washington speculation grinder because he expressed an opinion that is the same as Trump’s legal team’s.

“What message do you think the FBI is sending?”

Disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok says he knows.

“Strzok headed the FBI’s Russia probe, known as Crossfire Hurricane, when the Nunes/Patel team in 2017 began pressing him and his upper echelon for access to highly classified documents,” Scarborough noted. “He is best remembered for the series of texts he exchanged with his then-lover, Lisa Page, the counsel for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Strzok pledged to Page that the bureau would ‘stop’ the Trump candidacy.”

The Nunes-Patel January 2018 memo, which was declassified by Trump, “brought scorn from the Washington press corps,” Scarborough added. “But it has passed the test of time. The memo asserted the FBI abused its wiretap authority by misleading the courts. A subsequent 2019 Justice Department inspector general report confirmed this. Judges later made two of the four warrants invalid.”

So, when the affidavit from the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago was released, “Strzok was so delighted to see his former bureau colleagues feature the Patel name that he all but convicted him in a tweet,” Scarborough noted.

Strzok tweeted: “Never great to see your un-redacted name in a search warrant affidavit,” he said. “To borrow from Eric Hirschman, ‘I’m going to give you the best free legal advice you’re ever getting in your life. Get a great F’ing criminal defense lawyer – you’re going to need it.’ ”

Asha Rangappa, another anti-Trump ex-FBI agent (a good number are on liberal cable news stations) openly wished for a conviction.

“Kash Patel going to jail could be the silver lining of this entire fiasco,” she tweeted.

Scarborough noted: “To Patel supporters, the Mar-a-Lago raid is starting to take on the hallmarks of the original 2016-19 Russia probe. That investigation nailed some Trump people for not paying taxes. Its big fish, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was later exonerated via new court filings. The FBI itself never thought he had lied to agents.”

Patel calls the unmasking “another vicious attack from DOJ/FBI who intentionally jeopardized my safety by un-redacting my name in the most reviewed search warrant in the history of the United States.”

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