Donald Trump loyalist Kash Patel is set to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the handling of classified documents at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Patel, a top adviser to the ex-president, is expected to testify after being granted immunity from prosecution for information he reveals in his testimony, people familiar with the matter told the Journal on Wednesday.
A federal judge has ruled that the Justice Department cannot compel the outspoken Trump defender to testify unless he has received such protection. When Patel appeared before the grand jury last month, he refused to answer questions and repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights.
The grand jury before which Patel is expected to appear is examining the possible mishandling of highly classified documents that FBI agents removed in August from Mar-a-Lago, which is now Trump’s primary residence. Patel, whom Trump named as one of his representatives at the National Archives when he left office, claimed after the search that Trump declassified those documents when he left office before they were brought into its Florida resort.
“The result was [Trump] said this information should be released to the American public,” Patel said at the time.
Some of the documents collected contained highly sensitive US intelligence on Iran and China, people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post last month.
Patel, who this year published a children’s book pushing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, was outraged when an affidavit released by the DOJ after the search failed to have his name redacted.
“Today marks another vicious attack by the DOJ/FBI that intentionally endangered my safety by suppressing my name in the most reviewed search warrant in US history,” he wrote on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social.
Sources who spoke to the Journal added that other Trump associates were also offered immunity in exchange for their testimony.
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