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Kash Patel denounces DOJ for keeping his name in redacted affidavit made public Friday

"Brown Lives Matter. These gangsters are on notice," he concluded

August 26, 2022 3:23pm

Updated: August 26, 2022 4:06pm

Former Trump administration official Kash Patel ripped the Justice Department on Friday for keeping his name in the heavily redacted affidavit regarding the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid released Friday to the public. 

The department released the affidavit in compliance with a court order from Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who initially approved a warrant, based on the affidavit, for the Aug. 8 raid in search of White House documents.

The affidavit revealed the FBI's investigation into document Trump took when leaving the White House relied heavily on news articles, including one that quoted Patel on the issue of classified documents at Trump's estate.

"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, a former Defense Department chief of staff, posted on Truth Social, the social media platform Trump created.

"This same FBI has been investigating death threats made against me due to baseless political overreach by government gangsters and in their greed for political vengeance, have threatened my safety again. Me, a former national security prosecutor, Deputy DNI, Chief of Staff for DoD, and lead investigator for Russia Gate-the very investigation they continue to work so hard to cover up. ... Brown Lives Matter. These gangsters are on notice."

Patel, a former adviser to Trump, has asserted that the president maintains broad powers to declassify documents, even verbally, and may have declassified the documents the FBI seized within his constitutional prerogative.

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