Former Trump administration official and Justice Department prosecutor Kash Patel is calling for the disbanding of the FBI’s District of Columbia field office, arguing that officials serving there have turned the U.S. into a “police state.”
(Article by Randy DeSoto republished from WesternJournal.com)
Patel — who served as senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council under former President Donald Trump and a terrorism prosecutor at the DOJ under former President Barack Obama — is pained to see how political the DOJ has become in recent years.
The attorney is perhaps best known for uncovering that the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign funded the infamous Steele dossier used to help justify the FBI spying on Trump’s campaign over alleged collusion with Russia.
Patel was senior counsel for the House Intelligence Committee under then-Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California at the time.
His central role in the investigation that revealed all of this was powerfully addressed in the 2020 documentary film “The Plot Against the President,” directed by Amanda Milius.
Patel wrote a bestselling children’s book on the events in simple allegorical form in “The Plot Against the King,” released in the spring, and last week released a sequel, “The Plot Against the King: 2,000 Mules.”
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In a Tuesday interview with The Western Journal, Patel lamented the current state of the FBI, at least in the upper echelons.
“It used to be that everybody that wore the badge and the gun executed the mission of law enforcement without bias or partisan politics or corruption,” he said.
“But Russiagate showed us those days ended under the [James] Comey and [Robert] Mueller administrations at the FBI, and they make J. Edgar Hoover look like Garfield. These guys are more vicious and more evil than that man ever was, and we’re going to need a Church-style commission to fix it,” Patel said.
A bipartisan select committee under Chairman Sen. Frank Church of Idaho was established in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s to investigate alleged illicit spying by federal government agencies — including the FBI and the CIA — on American citizens.
“Intelligence agencies have undermined the constitutional rights of citizens,” the final report published in 1976 concluded, “primarily because checks and balances designed by the framers of the Constitution to assure accountability have not been applied.”
Patel argued that in recent years, unchecked “government gangsters” have taken over agencies like the FBI and are committing abuses again. He pointed to Comey, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as examples.
“They break the law and they lie about it to the world because their arrogance is that we are saving everyone and going to get Trump, as if that were the definition of what the FBI is supposed to be doing,” Patel added.
Strzok texted Page in August 2016 about an “insurance policy” they had discussed in “Andy’s office” in case Trump was elected. The “insurance policy” referred to the Russia probe and “Andy” to McCabe, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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