The congressional investigator who played a key role in unraveling the Russia collusion narrative says his next mission is to force the news media to make necessary corrections to the avalanche of false stories they produced over the last many years.
"The course correction that I've been trying to work on since I left government service is you have to find a way to correct the media," Kash Patel told Just the News.
"Because for years, they lied to 50% of the American population who believe everything they said, that Trump was in bed with Russians and Putin and that Trump was getting paid. And Trump knew that Vladimir Putin was using U.S. dollars to kill American soldiers."
Patel, a former national security prosecutor who worked as chief investigator for the House Intelligence Committee, said the media errors and omissions have extended long after the Russia case to the pandemic because reporters can't let go of their hatred for former President Donald Trump.
"Their hatred for Donald Trump intentionally blinded their ability to report credibly, and America is finally seeing it," he said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast.
"Look I'm not celebrating that we're finally getting to the truth. But I'm pretty upset that our media has gone so far down the toilet. That's not a free press that we want. That's not what our founders envisioned when they enshrined the First Amendment and the rights therein.”
Patel is pursuing lawsuits against false stories against him and has created a group called Fight with Kash to help others pressure the media for corrections when warranted.
Patel, who also worked at the Trump National Security Council and Pentagon, said he is heartened by Special Counsel John Durham's indictments and continuing investigation of the origins and spread of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative by a shady network of partisan operatives and contractors.
He said more indictments are likely and are important for America to regain trust in this FBI and Justice Department.
"You need to ask yourself this: Do you want an FBI leadership to be corrupted against you and your family, lie about you and your family, go to a federal court and then surveil your entire family based on a lie?
"And if the answer to that is you don't want that to happen, then you need to pay attention to the Russiagate criminal enterprise that was orchestrated by the Democrats, Fusion GPS, and Comey and McCabe and is now finally coming to light," he said.
James Comey and Andrew McCabe were fired as the No. 1 and No. 2 officials in the FBI during Trump's tenure, but both have denied wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia investigation, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane in the bureau.
But McCabe was found to have lied during official proceedings, and multiple investigations have found widespread misconduct and errors, including false information submitted to the FISA court, on their watch at the FBI.