White House Official Sues Politico, Claims Conspiracy With Schiff to Leak Fake Info
Written by Luis Miguel
A White House official filed a defamation lawsuit against Politico on Monday over the news outlet’s publishing of false reporting, which the official claims was done in concert with House Intelligence Committee Chair Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is heading the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
Kash Patel, a senior counterterrorism official and member of the National Security Council (NSC), filed the lawsuit in a Virginia court, accusing Schiff of having “weaponized the media” in order to further impeachment proceedings.
Patel has been of particular interest to congressional Democrats and the media because he served as a staffer to Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, before moving over to the White House.
In his lawsuit — which names as defendants Politico, reporter Natasha Bertrand, and executive chairman Robert Allbritton — Patel says the outlet worked with Schiff and members of his staff to spread false stories about him.
The lawsuit reads:
Defendants intentionally employed a scheme or artifice to defame Kash with the intent to undermine the President’s confidence in Kash and to further Schiff’s impeachment inquisition. Defendants acted in concert with Schiff to accomplish an unlawful purpose through unlawful means, without regard for Kash’s rights and interests.
According to Patel, Bertrand wrote two false stories for Politico that claimed the NSC official misrepresented himself as a Ukraine expert to the president and provided him with negative information about that country.
Bertrand cited as sources “two people familiar” with closed-door testimony to lawmakers by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert.
A source close to the president told Breitbart News that the Politico story is
“patently false. The president is well aware of Patel’s expertise and background. At no time has the president ever indicated to anyone including Kash that he believed that Kash was any sort of Ukraine expert or had any views on Ukraine at all for that matter.”
The source added that
“their discussions were about something entirely unrelated to Ukraine, and Democrats and these witnesses know this but keep perpetuating this lie anyway.”
The New York Times published a similar story about Patel based on a source’s account of a closed-door testimony by Fiona Hill, NSC’s former senior director for Eurasian and Russian affairs.
A source close to GOP leadership called the Times story
“complete nonsense.… [The meeting between President Trump and Patel] had absolutely nothing to do with Ukraine.”
Patel’s lawsuit, which only deals with Politico, states that Schiff had these stories leaked because the congressman “knew that it would be a violation of House Rules and Committee Rules for Schiff to publish the substance of the testimony himself”:
The joint collaborative purpose of the leaks was to publish Hill and Vindman’s false and defamatory statements, including Hill and Vindman’s egregious personal attacks on Kash, so as to further Schiff and Politico’s interests in harming the President and advancing the impeachment inquisition. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Bertrand secretly communicated with Schiff or his staff via encrypted email, including proton-mail, and messaging services, such as Signal.
The lawsuit notes that transcripts of Hill and Vindman’s closed-door testimonies
“demonstrate that Politico, Bertrand, Schiff, and his staffers misled the public in the First and Second Politico Pieces, and intentionally lied about the substance of Hill and Vindman’s interviews.”
Politico has refused to “retract or clarify” the allegedly false stories.
Patel is demanding a trial by jury and is seeking a sum of $25 million or more for defamation and for
“presumed damages and actual damages, including, but not limited to, insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, injury to his reputation, special damages, costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses.”
The lawsuit comes as both Vindman and Hill are slated to publicly testify this week as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
During his testimony on Tuesday, Vindman said that he was “assuming a lot of risk” by speaking before Congress but that he would be “fine for telling the truth.”
“We have learned nothing new in today’s illegitimate ‘impeachment’ proceedings,”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in a statement.
“However, buried among the witnesses’ personal opinions and conjecture about a call the White House long ago released to the public, both witnesses testified the July 25 transcript was ‘accurate’ and nothing President Trump has done or said amounts to ‘bribery’ or any other crime.”
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American