A Pentagon official known for spreading Ukraine-related conspiracy theories about President-elect Joe Biden will lead the Defense Department’s transition team, CNN reports.
Kash Patel, chief of staff for Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, got his hand in the Ukraine disinformation pot while working as a staffer for House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
There, Patel tried to discredit the impeachment inquiry, and, earlier, wrote a memo in 2018 alleging that the Justice Department had abused its authorities by opening an investigation into Russian ties to the Trump campaign. The impeachment inquiry found that Patel and Nunes had been in touch with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as he was pressuring Kyiv into manufacturing dirt on Biden.
Among other luminaries, Patel also worked for former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell.
CNN reported that Patel was “put in charge” of the Pentagon’s transition team to prepare for the Biden administration.