GOP staffer behind infamous ‘Nunes Memo’ to join Trump’s National Security Council: report
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

President Donald Trump is promoting a controversial Congressional staffer who helped write the Republican House Intelligence Committee memo attacking special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reports.


Kashyap Patel worked for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who led the House Intelligence Committee until Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms.

According to the CNN report, on Monday Patel will begin work for the NSC's International Organizations and Alliances directorate.

"In his new position, the hard-charging aide will help craft policy involving the United States' relationship with the United Nations and other international organizations, of which national security adviser John Bolton -- the former US ambassador to the United Nations -- has long been critical," CNN reported. "He will be reporting to another controversial aide, Erin Walsh, who joined the NSC as a senior director in December just months after she was reportedly escorted out from the Commerce Department, where she held a high-ranking post."

In 2017, Patel traveled to London in an attempt to make contact with lawyers for Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous Steele dossier.