The former Justice Department lawyer reportedly behind Devin Nunes' controversial memo depicting the FBI and Department of Justice as anti-Trump operatives was previously reprimanded by a federal judge.
According to the Daily Beast, committee staffer Kash Patel read the highly classified intelligence, drafted the memo, and has worked behind the scenes to ensure the document is made public.
But in 2014, Patel found himself on the receiving end of judicial criticism.
The Post describes the courtroom incident as “a Texas-size bollocking over proper attire, wasting taxpayer money and spying for the bureaucrats in Washington.”
The lawyer, Kashyap Patel, had arrived in court after flying to Houston from Tajikstan. “What is your role in this?” [U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes] asked when Patel entered the courtroom. Patel responded that he was a member of the trial team.
“You’re not a member of the trial team,” Hughes said. “It’s been going on for a month or so and you haven’t been here, have you?”
The judge then castigated Patel for his attire:
“And where is your tie? Where is your suit?” he asked. Patel explained that he just flew in from overseas and he didn’t wear a suit on the plane.
Hughes then demanded that Patel get his passport, apparently for verification of his trip. “If you want to be a lawyer, dress like a lawyer,” Hughes said.
Hughes accused Patel of wasting taxpayer money, adding no value to the court proceedings.
The judge then noted there were plenty of prosecutors in the nearby U.S. Attorney’s office and asked Patel how he would contribute to the case. “What is the utility to me and to the people of America to have you fly down here at their expense, eat at their expense and stay at their expense when there are plenty of capable people over there, in this room plus over there?” Hughes said. “You’re just one more nonessential employee from Washington. … You don’t add a bit of value, do you?”
And then Hughes excused Patel from the courtroom.