Kash Patel, the chief of staff for Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, has announced a $50 million defamation lawsuit against CNN and several of its correspondents.
The claim filed on Friday in a Virginia Circuit Court, specifically names several CNN staff members, including Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne, Nicole Gaouette, Zachary Cohen, Alex Marquardt, and the network itself.
As BizPac Review reports, the official complaint claims CNN “deliberately and recklessly conveyed a false message” when they published false statements.
Patel also claimed CNN promoted “unfounded left-wing political narratives” when they published several stories between Nov. 24 and Dec. 4 about him. The stories each contained “a series of false and defamatory statements,” he claimed.
Fox News adds:
Patel, who was previously a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and a Trump advisor, claims CNN published a series of articles from Nov. 24 through Dec. 4 penned by the defendants that “contain a series of false and defamatory statements” about him, according to the complaint.
The complaint says defamatory statements in the articles include, “Trump loyalist connected to Biden conspiracy theories is leading Pentagon transition,” “Kash Patel, a Trump loyalist, … was connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about Joe Biden,” Kash “has also worked to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” “Pentagon blocked Biden’s intelligence transition team from meeting with agencies,” and “Defense Department transition office … is led by a Trump loyalist connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about the President-elect,” among other similar examples.
Patel’s legal team said CNN retaliated against him because he helped poke holes in the network’s narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia before the 2016 election.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Patel’s attorney, Steven S. Biss shared a statement arguing CNN knowingly published “defamatory statements [as] part of a general pattern of retaliation and discrimination against Kash.”
The statements were also part of “a larger conspiracy undertaken between 2018 and the present to discredit Kash through the publication of false statements and the promotion of unfounded left-wing political narratives,” he said.
“CNN attacked Kash and published defamatory falsehoods about him because CNN was deeply invested in promoting the Russia collusion hoax and the fraudulent ‘dossier’ manufactured by Fusion GPS for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee,” Bliss also wrote, via Fox News. “Kash debunked CNN’s reporting… CNN’s latest brutal attack on Kash’s reputation in the Articles is a continuation of past smear campaigns to discredit Kash.”