An Indian-American White House Official has been entrapped in the controversy over the United States President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which is the main focus of the impeachment hearings against him.
On Thursday, House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff has named Kashyap Patel as an information source over the controversy, which directly matters to President Trump, avoiding the National Security Council staffers in-charge of the nation’s matters.
Kashyap Patel is the senior director of counter-terrorism in the NSC, who is also a political appointee caught in the crossfire between Donald Trump loyalists and those taking on the US President.
During the impeachment hearing proceedings by Fiona Hill, the former NSC Senior Director dealing with Ukraine, Mr. Schiff said that “the indication is that Kash Patel provided some information directly to the president without your knowledge.”
She replied, “That seems to be the indication.”
In order to strengthen the Democratic line, there was an unofficial parallel foreign policy set-up dealing with the controversy, Mr. Schiff stated that the US President thought an individual was the director of Ukraine in the NSC and enquired her who was it.
Ms. Hills replied that the person was referred to only as “Kash” and “I had to search my mind. The only Kash I knew at the National Security Agency was Kash Patel.”
Adam Schiff interrogated her if he worked on Ukraine and reported to her, she replied that Lt. Col Alexander Vindman was testified, who was the director of Ukraine and she didn’t oversee Mr. Patel.
During the time of secret hearings, Lt. Vindman told that the panel was investigating President Trump for impeachment hearings as Mr. Patel had misrepresented his skills over Ukraine to the US President.
He continued that due to this he had been averted from attending a briefing for Donald Trump.
Kashyap Patel had also worked for the Intelligence Committee when it was controlled by the Republicans and David Nunes was its chairperson,
As an aid to his vocal supporter, Mr. Patel has raised queries about the integrity of the allegations against President Trump of colluding with Russia, which led to the extended inquiry by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately found false.
Mr. Patel was also the principal author of a memo issued by David Nunes, which charged the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department of bias against President Trump and of abusing laws to seek warrants to conduct scrutiny of an election campaign adviser, Carter Page.
However, the government couldn’t find any ground to prosecute Carter Page.
Mr. Patel has also worked as a counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Justice Department.