CNN: Former Nunes Aide Who Boosted Ukraine Conspiracy Theories To Lead DOD Transition

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / ... TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 24, 2020 3:09 p.m.

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.

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