Meet Kash Patel, as Former Trump Administration Aide Will Testify Before A Federal Grand Jury

Former Trump adviser Kash Patel is scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury. The testimony is about the sensitive materials retrieved from former president Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. He will be given immunity for any information he gives.

Patel has declined to disclose any information to the grand jury. He asserted his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. Patel has claimed that Trump had declassified the records discovered at Mar-a-Lago.

A federal judge ruled that the former Trump assistant could not be forced to testify. So, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly agreed to offer Patel immunity to compel his testimony.

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The secret documents found in Mar-a-Lago

The FBI found roughly 100 top-secret documents in  Mar-a-Lago. The search was held in August. The government has seized more than 300 classified documents from the Florida home. They also seized the documents that the National Archives and Records Administration seized in January and a few more that were surrendered by Trump’s attorneys in June.

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Kash Patel (Credit: Getty Images)

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Kash Patel’ claims about those classified documents

Kash Patel claimed at the end of his term that he saw Trump verbally direct declassification of information, notably about the FBI’s inquiry into any ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He also said that lack of evidence is also not a concern because the president is the ultimate classification authority.

The accusations against the former president have been challenged in court. An appeals court noted that there is no evidence to support any of the declassification claims.

Several months before all of these trials

Earlier, the sources said that Kash Patel is one of a small group of Trump’s aides who may face legal repercussions relating to the Mar-a-Lago incident. It is unclear whether the Justice Department is looking into him specifically.

Kash Patel’ work in Trump’s administration

Patel worked for the Trump administration as a national security and defense official. He was named one of Trump’s cabinet secretaries dealing with the National Archives and the Justice Department. It was done because those organizations attempted to seize classified records when Trump was the President. In his interviews with the conservative media, he said that he saw Trump declassify papers before he left office.

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Patel also appeared before the grand jury at the US courthouse in Washington DC on 13th October. The session was for several hours. Patel’s attorneys declined to discuss the specifics of Patel’s case and would only confirm that he was the Trump adviser’s lawyer.

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