(National Sentinel) Deep State: While former CIA Director John Brennan complains about POTUS Donald Trump revoking his top-secret security clearance for undermining the president’s 2016 campaign, a bigger real-life clearance-related scandal has unfolded well under the radar of all but a handful of people.
As The Washington Times reports, Adam Lovinger, a 12-year veteran strategist at the Pentagon who supports the president, was stripped of his security clearance by Obama-appointed hacks after he filed complaints about “questionable government contracts” that were awarded to Stefan Halper, the spy hired by the FBI to infiltrate the 2016 Trump campaign. [See more about his role in “The Spygate Files,” which you can download for free when you subscribe to our daily email newsletter).
Lovinger, who worked in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, make complaints to his supervisors regarding Halper contracts in the fall of 2016, Sean Bigley, his attorney, told the Times.
Those same superiors pulled Lovinger’s security clearance on May 1, 2017, then assigned him to menial clerical duties.
While the angry Deep State Left whines about Brennan, they’ve been strangely silent about this very real instance of political retribution regarding the revocation of a security clearance.
The Times reported further:
Mr. Bigley filed a complaint July 18 with the Pentagon’s senior ethics official, charging that Mr. Lovinger’s superiors misused the security clearance process to punish him. He said his client complained about excessive “sweetheart” deals for Mr. Halper and for a “best friend” of Chelsea Clinton.
“As it turns out, one of the two contractors Mr. Lovinger explicitly warned his ONA superiors about misusing in 2016 was none other than Mr. Halper,” Bigley wrote in his ethics complaint, in which he labeled the contracts “cronyism and corruption.”
Mr. Lovinger filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint in May with the Defense Department inspector general against James Baker, director of the Office of Net Assessment. The complaint also singles out Washington Headquarters Services, a Pentagon support agency that awarded the Halper contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In an internal October 2016 email to higher-ups, Mr. Lovinger wrote of “the moral hazard associated with the Washington Headquarters Services contracting with Stefan Halper,” the complaint said. It said Mr. Baker hired Mr. Halper to “conduct foreign relations,” a job that should be confined to government officials.
“It was a topic of conversation within the office,” Bigley told the paper. “What is Halper doing, and why is he being paid astronomically more than others similarly situated?”
The Office of Net Assessment is responsible for producing analyses of future threats and ways to defeat them.
“Nobody in the office seemed to know what Halper was doing for his money,” Bigley said.
“Adam said Jim Baker, the director, kept Halper’s contracts very close to the vest. And nobody seemed to have any idea what he was doing at the time. He subcontracted out a good chunk of it to other academics. He would compile them all and then collect the balance as his fee as a middleman. That was very unusual.”
And of course, we all know now that Halper was the guy Obama’s corrupt FBI hired to serve as a plant (a spy) in the 2016 Trump campaign — also very unusual.
After Lovinger lodged his complaints about his former office’s outside research practices and Halper in particular, he tried to get a job with the Trump administration’s national security staff. But Baker intervened and accused him of improper security actions, which Lovinger denies.
Baker, by the way, was appointed chief of the Office of Net Assessment in 2015 by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, whom Obama appointed. The Times added that the “Washington Headquarters Services, which revoked Mr. Lovinger’s clearance, is headed by Barbara Westgate, who was appointed in 2016.”
The layers of Spygate continue to be revealed, truly making it the biggest political scandal in the history of the country