Kash Patel denies he was back channel to Trump on Ukraine

CBS News 5 days ago

Washington — As a special assistant to President Trump, Kash Patel's area of responsibility includes counterterrorism, but over the last few weeks, he's also been enmeshed in Ukraine. One witness suggested he may have been part of a back channel to the president on Ukraine, and the 300-page impeachment report released by House Intelligence Committee Democrats Tuesday said that Patel spoke with Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, in the spring, before nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was suspended.

According to the call records revealed in the report, Patel had a 25-minute phone conversation with Giuliani on May 10. Five minutes after their call, Giuliani spoke with an unidentified number for 17 minutes and then with associate Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-American who has been accused of illegally funneling foreign money to U.S. political candidates and of aiding Giuliani in his Ukraine investigations. 

In an exclusive interview with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, Patel denied the Giuliani call touched on Ukraine.

"That was a personal conversation. I was delighted to have with the mayor of New York, where I grew up," he told Herridge Wednesday. Patel then challenged the Democrats' report. 

"If they had any actual information as to the substance of those calls, then they would've put it in there," he said. "But they didn't. This is a standard operating procedure to castigate someone's name and reputation — especially when they work in the White House."

The impeachment report contained only the dates, times and the duration of the calls, not the content. 

Patel said he was "never a back channel to President Trump on Ukraine matters, at all, ever. Never — no meetings, no shuttling of documents, no meetings in secret. Never happened. I have no idea where they got that from."

And Patel, asked whether he has ever discussed Ukraine with the president, categorically denied this was the case. 

"Absolutely not. Not ever," he said.

Patel says he is mystified by his involvement in the impeachment inquiry, though he said he suspects it may have something to do with his prior employment. Before he worked at the White House, Patel was a top aide to Congressman Devin Nunes on the House Intelligence Committee, and in that capacity, he authored a memo questioning the FBI and Justice Department's actions to obtain a surveillance warrant for a former Trump campaign aide. 

"It's the same committee — the best I can come up with — the same folks on the Intelligence Committee now are the same folks that I worked with, and it became such a partisan political environment. And I think it has increased, so any shot they can take at the president they take, and as you've noted, they have repeatedly have taken them at me.

Fiona Hill in her closed-door testimony before Congress in October said that she believed, based on a conversation with an aide to the president, that Mr. Trump thought that Patel was the Ukraine director for the National Security Council and that he and Patel had exchanged some material on Ukraine. She raised her concerns with then-deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, removed Patel from internal distribution lists and warned her office "to be very careful" about communication with Patel until it became clear what Ukraine materials he may have been sending to the president.

Hill also said in her testimony that she has never had a conversation with Patel, though she knew who he was from meetings they had both attended.

CBS News has reached out to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's spokesman for comment.

Herridge also asked him about congressional Republican claims that Ukraine — not Russia — interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"That," he said, "is not something I worked on at House Intel. We ran a Russian active measures investigation into the 2016 election. Whether there was a Ukrainian involvement or not, I am not able to comment."

Patel has taken the unusual step of filing lawsuits against media organizations that publicized Ukraine-related allegations against him. His former boss, Nunes, also filed a lawsuit this week against CNN, and he is also suing several media outlets. Both men are using the same lawyer.

"It's time that I began fighting back," he said. "I filed lawsuits for $75 million. And I'll file $75 million more. If they wanna attack my character for things that never occurred, I'm happy to do that."


Source link
Read also:
CBS News › 4 days ago
A witness in the impeachment inquiry said Kash Patel, a special assistant to President Trump, was a back channel to Mr. Trump on Ukraine. In an exclusive interview with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, Patel denied he...
New York Post › 1 week ago
National Security official Kashyap “Kash” Patel filed the defamation suit Wednesday in state court in Fairfax County, Va. He’s asking for $44.9 million in damages.
CBS News › 5 days ago
A White House staffer named in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's impeachment report is refuting the suggestion that he may have been part of a back channel to the president on Ukraine. CBS News senior investigative correspondent...
Raw Story › 3 weeks ago
Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is suing Politico after it published a report that exposed his alleged role in the Ukraine scandal that’s engulfing the Trump White House. Fox News reports that Patel, who currently works at the...
Axios › Politics › 1 month ago
Kash Patel, a senior National Security Council official accused of running a secret backchannel to President Trump on Ukraine matters, has categorically denied ever discussing Ukraine with the president.What he's saying: "A number of media outlets have...
USA Today › Sports › 2 months ago
Kentucky LB Kash Daniel vehemently denies allegations made by Florida fans on Twitter that he intentionally tried to injure Gators QB Kyle Trask
Breitbart › Politics › 2 weeks ago
Hill indicated to House impeachment investigators Patel did not try to misrepresent himself to Trump as an all-knowing expert on Ukraine.
The New York Times › Politics › 1 month ago
Senior national security officials grew concerned about Kash Patel, a colleague who had previously been involved in Republicans’ efforts to undermine the Russia investigation.
The Sun › Sports › 1 week ago
KASH ALI will make his return to the ring on November 29 – eight months after he was banned for biting David Price. The disgraced 15-1 fighter has set his sights on winning the British heavyweight title after serving his suspension. Alli was banned...
Forbes › Finance › 1 month ago
Kash Doll's debut album "Stacked" is the kind of debut that any rapper would want.
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR