On Oct. 18, ABC released a new documentary on the British ex-spy Christopher Steele. It’s his first interview since he authored the now-infamous “Steele dossier” that was used to justify surveilling the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
The documentary comes on the heels of special prosecutor John Durham charging former Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann last month with lying to the FBI and the FBI raiding the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska—Steele’s former employer—just a few days ago.
The timing of the documentary was not a coincidence, argues Kash Patel.
Below is a rush transcript of this Kash’s Corner episode from Oct 22, 2021. This transcript may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Kash Patel: Hey everybody and welcome back to Kash’s Corner. Here we are on the rooftop near the United States Capitol. We’ve got a great episode for you today, and just a heads up for next week’s episode, we’re going to be talking to Ric Grenell on Kash’s Corner in Southern California. So stay tuned for that as well.
Jan Jekielek: Kash, we both watched a very, very interesting little documentary that came out recently.
Mr. Patel: Painfully watched it.
Mr. Jekielek: Out of the shadows, the man behind the Steele dossier. Gosh, it really made me go back and look at some material, let’s call it the Spygate Infographic that we put together of course, I mean, the timing of this is really interesting because it’s kind of following on the legs of the Michael Sussman indictment by Durham.
And then like the following day and I mean, of course it could be a complete coincidence, but Oleg Deripaska’s home is raided by the FBI. And of course, Steele worked for this Russian billionaire oligarch at one point, fascinating stuff going on.
Mr. Patel: There are no coincidences when it comes to the FBI.
Mr. Jekielek: Well, okay. Listen, before we start here, okay. Tell me this, I couldn’t help but think about how you started to work on the House Intelligence Committee, which of course, led to the Nunes memo, which was focused on exactly this dossier, which is covered in this documentary.
But I remember you told Congressman Devin Nunes something specific, right? You said, “We have to follow this wherever it goes, but you might not like it.”
Mr. Patel: Yeah.
Mr. Jekielek: Tell me a little bit about that before we start.
Mr. Patel: Yeah. So the agreement I made with Devin was I didn’t necessarily want to go to The Hill. It’s no surprise, I wanted to go to the White House, but when I met Devin and he introduced me to this investigation that they were talking about, I said, “Okay.” I agreed. I said, “Sure.” Because of my background as a federal prosecutor and a public defender and an intel guy, he was like, “We need someone to help navigate that landscape.”
But I made him a deal. I said, “Whatever we find good, bad, ugly.” I wasn’t a political guy. I wasn’t a political appointee in the administration. I said, “We put out, no matter what we find we put out.” He said, “Absolutely, we will put out everything we possibly can, we will declassify everything we can and we’ll follow all the facts wherever they go.” And he stayed true to his word.
Mr. Jekielek: One thing that really struck me, so you can tell me what you think, but it kind of comes across in this documentary, I mean, basically Steele portrays himself as this patriot coming to the FBI to report a very troubling information that he’s gotten so to speak. How do you read that?
Mr. Patel: I read this as a basically a continuation of what Fusion GPS did back in 2015 and ’16 when they hired Christopher Steele and paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars to pump out fraudulent false information and feed it to the FBI and the media. I think, I believe this is a continuation of that campaign to resuscitate Steele.
It’s one of those government speak type things where you’re like, “Maybe if you say something false over and over and over again, people will believe it.”
Well, this guy has now been caught, not by us, not by a House Intel Committee, not by Devin, but by the FBI’s own documents is having lie to a federal court, having proven fraudulent information to the media, having lied about his relationship and who was paying him. And all those facts have come out from the FBI and DOJ’s own documentation of Christopher Steele.