One of the authors of the bogus Republican House Intelligence Committee memo accusing the FBI and Justice Department of anti-Trump bias is joining the National Security Council, CNN reported Friday.
The White House confirmed to CNN that congressional aide Kashyap Patel will join the NSC’s International Organizations and Alliances directorate.
Per CNN, Patel was one of four Intel committee staffers behind the so-called “Nunes memo,” which alleged that top intelligence and DOJ officials abused their surveillance authority by obtaining a warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Congressional Republicans, led by then-committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), spent weeks hyping the memo as a knockout blow for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
But the four-page document was mocked and discredited when it was released last February. The memo lacked key background information about the investigation’s roots, misstated basic dates, and included details that undercut the Republican authors own conclusions.
According to CNN, Patel will now work on policy surrounding the United Nations and other international organizations. He will report to Erin Walsh, a senior director at the NSC who was ousted from her high-ranking Commerce Department post last year under mysterious circumstances.