Former federal prosecutor Kash Patel on Aug. 26 denounced federal officials for not redacting his name in a heavily redacted search warrant affidavit.
“Today marks another vicious attack from DOJ/FBI who intentionally jeopardized my safety by un-redacting my name in the most reviewed search warrant in the history of the United States,” Patel said in a post on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s social media platform.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI did not respond to requests for comment.
Patel, who currently hosts an EpochTV program, is one of only two people identified by name in the affidavit, most of which was redacted. The other is Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who was referenced because she was told by the U.S. archivist earlier this year details about materials the archivist received from Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s estate.
Other figures were discussed but not named, including the archivist, a Department of Justice lawyer, and a Trump lawyer. Other names were redacted, including the name of the FBI agent who wrote the affidavit.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart approved the warrant based on the affidavit, a sworn statement. The warrant was executed at Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8. The affidavit was made public with redactions on orders from Reinhart.
The inclusion of Patel’s name drew widespread attention, including from former FBI official Peter Strzok, whose display of animus toward Trump in text messages led to his termination.
“Never great to see your unredacted name in a search warrant affidavit,” Strzok wrote on Twitter, recommending Patel hire a lawyer.
‘Devoid of Concern’
Patel, who was a key part of the congressional investigation that uncovered how Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democrats funded the anti-Trump dossier, said that the DOJ and FBI make up a “cartel of corruption inside of our government” that “is so devoid of concern about national security, they could not be bothered to see the judge in-person.”
He was referring to how Reinhart received the warrant affidavit and application via WhatsApp, a communication tool owned by Meta, which also owns Facebook.
“The DOJ is on the line for my security with their dangerous actions,” Patel added, before revealing the FBI has been investigating death threats that were made against him.
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In this episode of Kash’s Corner, Kash Patel discusses Dr. Anthony Fauci’s retirement from public service, new documents showing potential White House involvement in the Mar-a-Lago raid, and developments in the Igor Danchenko case, led by special counsel John Durham.
A newly disclosed letter, first published by Just the News, shows the Biden administration asking the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in April to let the FBI look over documents from former President Donald Trump’s home.
“There was communications underlying these letters between the National Archivist, and the Department of Justice, and the White House, directly showing the White House Counsel’s Office and White House aides talking to the DOJ,” says Kash Patel.
What is “executive privilege”? Does a current sitting president have the power to waive his predecessor’s claims to executive privilege?
And if the gavel switches hands in November, will Republicans use congressional authority to investigate the Mar-a-Lago raid and Fauci’s alleged misconduct? Kash Patel breaks down the levers Congress has to prosecute agency officials.