Former Trump official Kash Patel writes children’s book repeating false claim over Steele dossier

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Kash Patel, a erstwhile Republican adjutant connected the House quality committee who Donald Trump weighed installing arsenic lawman CIA director, is publishing a children’s publication connected Monday that perpetuates the mendacious assertion the Steele dossier sparked investigations into Russian collusion.

The publication features characters specified arsenic “King Donald” and his force “Hillary Queenton”.

In the book, titled “The Plot Against the King” and acceptable to beryllium published by Brave Books, Patel repeats Trump’s mendacious assertion that the FBI began investigating links betwixt his run and Russia based connected a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a erstwhile British spy.

The 35-page tome, implicit with an epilogue that details Donald Trump’s mendacious claims astir the FBI inquiry, bizarrely uses the instrumentality of children’s fictional characters to supply a revisionist relationship of the probe that dogged the archetypal 2 years of the Trump presidency and yet led to a peculiar counsel investigation.

Over the people of the book, the communicative lionises Patel and depicts him arsenic a wizard who supposedly shows however “the King” Trump was wrongly accused of “cheating” to instrumentality the throne.

The publication claims the king was accused of cheating by a “shifty knight” – a notation to the Democratic seat of the quality committee, Adam Schiff, who claims to person a “paper” from a “steel” container attesting to wrongdoing.

But Patel writes that helium past recovered grounds that the slug “Keeper Komey” – a notation to erstwhile FBI manager James Comey – enactment slugs successful the “steel” container astatine the behest of “Hillary Queenton”, who was besides vying for the throne – a notation to Clinton.

The wizard Patel past proclaims to the kingdom, the publication says, that “the king, King Donald, is innocent” and “did not enactment with the Russonians” – a notation to Russia – and “Hillary wrote that insubstantial and had her sneaky slugs descent into the alloy box”.

In world the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into the Trump run aft a overseas argumentation adviser, George Papadopoulos, told an Australian diplomat that Russia had governmental “dirt” connected Hillary Clinton up of the 2016 statesmanlike election.

The accusation successful the Steele Dossier did not scope FBI officials progressive successful the probe until astir a twelvemonth aft the 2016 election, and adjacent the then-Republican House quality committee for which Patel worked recovered nary grounds for Trump’s claim.

But the illustrated children’s publication authored by Patel, a pre-publication transcript of which the Guardian received unsolicited, makes nary notation of that conclusion, oregon an further memo stating conclusively that the FBI probe did not originate with the Steele Dossier.

Patel enjoyed a accelerated emergence from an obscure staffer connected the Republican unit of the House quality committee aft helium endorsed Trump’s mendacious claims that the FBI wiretapped Trump’s phones and was yet promoted to main of unit astatine the Department of Defense.