On Friday, acting Secretary of Defense chief of staff Kash Patel filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the giant network, CNN, and its several top reporters.
Patel claims the liberal network reported false accusations and promoted “unfounded left-wing political narratives” that painted him as a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist to smear president-elect Joe Biden.
Among the reporters included in the lawsuit are Zachary Cohen, Barbara Starr, Alex Marquardt, Ryan Browne, and Nicole Gaouette. The complaint, filed in Virginia Circuit Court, claims the network “deliberately or recklessly conveyed a false message” to embellish the “news” and humiliate the chief of staff.
According to the complaint, CNN published a series of news articles from November 24 to December 4 written by the defendants that “contain a series of false and defamatory statements” about Patel.
Among the defamatory statements published 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,” “has also worked to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
The plaintiff’s legal team said CNN retaliated against him when he helped disprove the network’s story that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia before the 2016 election.
CNN has yet to release a comment.
Steven S. Biss, Patel’s attorney, stated, “publication of the Defamatory Statements is part of a general pattern of retaliation and discrimination against Kash.”
Patel apparently uncovered several inconvenient facts undermining CNN’s fake political narrative about the “collusion” between Trump campaign members and Russians when he was still the counsel for then-chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Nunes.
Bliss said that CNN attacked Kash because the network was promoting the Russia collusion hoax and the fraudulent “dossier” created by Fusion GPS for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC.
Bliss further wrote that the defendants harbored professional and personal bias, ill-will, and spite towards Kash as a result of his revelations on the network’s corrupt business practices and false reporting.
He added that the “defendants knowingly and recklessly ignored the probable falsity of the story” and eventually printed it due to the malice and desire to injure Kash.