Investigators contracted by the Israeli intelligence agency were instructed to dig into the personal lives and political careers of Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, and Kahl, a national security adviser to the former vice-president Joe Biden, according to documents cited by the Observer.
‘The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the [Iran] deal, making it easier to pull out of it,’ said an unnamed source quoted in the report.
Among things the investigators allegedly examined were personal relationships, any involvement with Iran-friendly lobbyists, and whether the Obama aides had benefited personally or politically from the peace deal.
The private investigators were also allegedly instructed to contact prominent Iranian Americans as well as pro-deal journalists to determine whether Rhodes and Kahl had violated rules by leaking.
Rhodes famously said in a 2016 New York Times profile that he relied on inexperienced reporters to create an ‘echo chamber’ to helped sway public opinion in favor of the deal.