Deep State pulls security clearance for Trump supporter.
The Deep State is fighting back on the sensitive issue of security clearances, and has now pulled the clearance for a backer of President Trump.
And yes, it all has ties to the Obama administration and spying on the 2016 Trump campaign.
Had questioned contracts for man who spied on 2016 GOP campaign.
By: Bob Unruh – WND
Is the Defense Department implicated in Spygate targeting of President Trump?
“Mr. Lovinger was targeted because he blew the whistle on Stefan Halper and a Clinton crony getting suspicious Defense contracts,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is disturbing that the Defense Department may now be implicated in Spygate targeting of President Trump.”
The Washington establishment has pulled the security clearance for a Trump supporter after he questioned lucrative government contracts being given to a man the Obama administration used to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign.
Those contracts, worth millions, also were going to one of Chelsea Clinton’s close buddies.
And now the fight is going to court.
The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch said it has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of Adam S. Lovinger.
Another dispute over security clearances has arisen with President Trump’s removal of former CIA Director John Brennan’s authority after accusing the president of “treasonous” behavior. Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh believes Brennan was threatening to sue because he was profiting from his security clearance.
Now, Lovinger, a former Pentagon analyst and White House National Security Council senior director, is in a fight over his clearance.
Judicial Watch said his security clearance was pulled “after he raised concerns regarding lucrative government contracts awarded to Stefan Halper, who has been identified as being used an informant by the Obama administration against President Trump’s campaign, as well as Long Term Strategy Group, a consulting firm owned by Chelsea Clinton’s friend Jacqueline Newmyer Deal.”
“According to USASpending.gov, Mr. Halper was paid $411,000 by Washington Headquarters Services on Sept. 26, 2016, for a contract that ran until this March,” the Washington Times said.
Deals worth ‘$11 million’
(Just think having a clearance nets this guy $11 million. Now we can see why having this clearance means so much. I called that really lining your pockets.)
And a string of contracts totaling $11 million went to Long Term Strategy Group, headed by Chelsea Clinton’s “best friend” Deal, the report said.
“Lovinger’s security clearance was initially suspended last year by Barbara Westgate, the Director of Washington Headquarters Services and an Obama appointee. A few months later, the Pentagon’s Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) ‘issued an unfavorable clearance determination and Mr. Lovinger’s clearance was revoked,’ a Defense Department spokesman informed The Washington Times. The CAF is part of the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) and reports directly to Westgate,” Judicial Watch revealed.
Last fall, Lovinger filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint against the CAF — which determines security clearance eligibility of non-intelligence personnel — Westgate and James H. Baker, the DOD’s Director of Net Assessment who recommended the contract awards to Halper and Long Term Strategy Group.
In December 2017, Lovinger filed a Privacy Act request seeking any and all emails or similar electronic messaging transmissions referencing the word “Lovinger”; whether in the title or body from between May 1, 2017 and present; to, from, or copied to Edward Fish, director of the DoD CAF, deputy director Daniel Purtill, and Ronald Freels, adjudications directorate chief.
The government found 75 pages of documents, but all were being withheld entirely on Fish’s orders.
An appeal brought no response from the government.
“Before his work on the NSC, Lovinger was a strategic affairs analyst in the Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon, where he specialized in issues related to U.S.-India relations, the Persian Gulf, and sub-Saharan Africa. He also is an attorney and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McCort School of Public Policy,” Judicial Watch said.
Again, “Mr. Lovinger was targeted because he blew the whistle on Stefan Halper and a Clinton crony getting suspicious Defense contracts,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is disturbing that the Defense Department may now be implicated in Spygate targeting of President Trump.”
The Washington Times reported Lovinger “suspects collusion among Obama-era officials to punish him.”
The government claimed Lovinger violated procedures for classified information, but he’s denied that.
Paid FBI informant
Halper, the report said, was a paid FBI informant.
“News reports disclosed Mr. Halper’s role earlier this year and that he made contact with at least two Trump campaign volunteers. Mr. Lovinger, a lawyer who had worked in the Pentagon general counsel office, complained that the office of net assessment was using Mr. Halper to conduct foreign policy,” the Times reported.
Sean Bigley, Lovinger’s own lawyer, has requested a hearing before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, which would be outside of Westgate’s influence.
The Times reported, “Mr. Lovinger is a cause celebre among conservatives, who view him as a victim of ‘deep state’ Obama supporters. He had sought an assignment to work in the Trump White House, but the posting ended after a few months when Mr. Baker moved against his security clearance.”
Westgate was installed in the bureaucracy only a short time before Obama left office.
The higher profile security clearance case, Brennan’s, drew the attention of Limbaugh this week.