Trump admin official Kash Patel sues CNN in $50M defamation lawsuit

Chief of staff to Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller Kash Patel has filed a $50 million dollar defamation lawsuit against CNN and several CNN reporters, accusing the network of engaging in a “pattern of retaliation and discrimination against Kash.”

The suit names CNN as a defendant, as well as CNN reporters Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen, Ryan Browne, Alex Marquardt and Nicole Gaouette.

In the lawsuit, Kash takes issue by being referred to in the following manner by CNN.

  • “Trump loyalist connected to Biden conspiracy theories is leading Pentagon transition”
  • “Kash Patel, a Trump loyalist, … was connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about Joe Biden.”
  • Kash “has also worked to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
  • “Pentagon blocked Biden’s intelligence transition team from meeting with agencies,” and “Defense Department transition office … is led by a Trump loyalist connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about the President-elect.”

Patel’s attorney, Steven Bliss, has formerly represented Rep. Devin Nunes in multiple lawsuits.

Bliss argued “the Defendants fabricated the Defamatory Statements and knew, therefore, that the statements were false. They knew that Kash was not the source of a single conspiracy theory and had no connection to any conspiracy theory about Biden.”

He added “defendants provide no evidence or example of any stories spread by Kash about Biden because there are none. CNN reported on the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry and read the Democrats’ report, and knew, therefore, that no evidence was uncovered connecting Kash.”