Are Trump’s Appointees’ Security Clearances Being Pulled as a Result of Political Retribution?
The Pentagon has pulled another Trump appointees’ security clearance this week in what some are saying is political retribution by anti-Trump bureaucrats.
The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump’s appointees.
Adam S. Lovinger, a 12-year strategic affairs analyst with the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), has been on loan to the NSC since January when he was picked for the position by then-National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn.
Lovinger was notified in a letter from the Pentagon on Monday that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended and that he had to return to the Pentagon.
The letter cited unspecified outside activities by Lovinger. The notice said the suspension was approved by Kevin Sweeney, chief of staff for Defense Secretary James Mattis.
One official said Lovinger was targeted by Trump opponents because of his conservative views and ties to Flynn, specifically his past association with the Flynn Intel Group, Inc., a consulting business.
Disclosure of the clearance suspension followed a report in the Washington Free Beacon Monday stating the security clearance process at the White House has been politicized by government officials opposed to Trump and his advisers.
Suspending or revoking clearances is a frequent tactic used by government officials to sideline officials whose views and policies they oppose.
This is the second staffer under Trump to lose security clearance and there are rumblings that more appointees may be targeted.
Lovinger is the second NSC staff official under Trump to lose his clearance. In February, Robin Townley, an African affairs specialist on the NSC staff, was denied a TS/SCI clearance by the CIA. Townley, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, had worked with Flynn in the past.
Other aides on the NSC staff said to be targeted by anti-Trump officials include Lovinger’s supervisor, Kevin Harrington, deputy assistant to the president for strategic planning, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence programs.
There are a thousand ways to skin a cat and the globalists/deep state will continue to chip away at the Trump administration any way they can. This is not going to stop until the swamp is drained of all deep state operatives.