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White House official sues Politico, targets Schiff's role in impeachment

• https://www.foxnews.com, By Howard Kurtz

Now it has produced its first libel suit.

A White House official on Monday sued Politico and one of its reporters over stories and tweets that he says falsely accuse him of "lying, deceit and unethical conduct."

Kash Patel, the National Security Council's senior counterterrorism director, is seeking more than $25 million in damages in the suit filed in Virginia. We have reached out to Politico for comment.

The lawsuit also names Natasha Bertrand, a Politico reporter and MSNBC contributor, as well as Politico owner Robert Allbritton. The allegations, which center on what the president was told about the situation in Ukraine, go to the heart of the case for impeachment. Politico spokesman Brad Dayspring told me: "This lawsuit is high on bombast and low on merit. It is unserious and is a public relations tactic designed to intimidate journalists and media organizations from doing their job."

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