Judicial Watch Sues Defense Department on Behalf of Whistleblower Who Lost Security Clearance After Raising Questions About Trump Camp Spy Halper
As previously reported, in the fall of 2016, Pentagon analyst Adam Lovinger complained to his bosses about Trump campaign spy Stefan Halper’s exorbitant contracts.
In May 2017 Adam Lovinger was stripped of his security clearance for speaking out against the questionable contracts to Stefan Halper.
Adam Lovinger was dispatched to the NSC from the Pentagon following General Mike Flynn’s departure from the White House. Lovinger, an ally of Flynn, was reportedly removed by White House official H. R. McMaster.
On Monday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced it sued the Defense Department on behalf of Lovinger who lost his security clearance after blowing the whistle the Trump campaign spy planted by Obama’s corrupt FBI.
Not only was Stefan Halper paid over $400,000 by the Washington Headquarters, an $11 million contract was also granted to a D.C. consulting firm Long Term Strategy Group– The firm is owned by Chelsea Clinton’s best friend, Jacqueline Newmyer Deal.
Via Judicial Watch:
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of former Pentagon analyst and White House National Security Council (NSC) senior director Adam S. Lovinger, whose 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 (Adam S. Lovinger v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:18-cv-01914)).
In September 2017, 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 of said communications(s); between May 1, 2017 and present; to, from, or copied to the following individuals:
A. Mr. Edward Fish, Director DoD CAF
B. Mr. Daniel Purtill, Deputy Director DoD CAF
C. Mr. Ronald Freels, Adjudications Directorate Chief.
In March 2018, the DOD responded, treating his request as both a Privacy Act and a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request and admitting it found 75 pages of responsive documents but was withholding them all in their entirety. Lovinger was informed that Fish, against whom the whistleblower complaint had been filed, had also been the official who determined the documents should be withheld.
In April 2018, Lovinger appealed the DOD’s determination. Over four months later, the appeal has not been addressed. Washington Headquarters Services has refused repeated requests to recuse itself from further involvement in this case despite an apparent conflict of interest. Under existing DOD policy, WHS officials reporting to Westgate will be the final arbiter of Lovinger’s case, which cannot be appealed to the courts.
Also, the DOD has yet to comply with Lovinger’s Privacy Act Request.
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton had this to say about Lovinger being targeted by Obama’s corrupt cronies:
“Mr. Lovinger was targeted because he blew the whistle on Stefan Halper and a Clinton crony getting suspicious Defense contracts. It is disturbing that the Defense Department may now be implicated in Spygate targeting of President Trump.”
HUGE breaking news. Defense Department Tied To #Spygate?! New @JudicialWatch lawsuit for whistleblower targeted after complaining about #Spygate @RealDonaldTrump informant Halper and Clinton crony contracts. https://t.co/PSC5Mliqt7 pic.twitter.com/MHYsL2aKev
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 20, 2018
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