Did the ‘Deep State’ Deep Six Pentagon’s Lovinger Over Discovery of Shady Defense Department Contracts to FBI Trump Informant Stefan Halper?

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had Sean Bigley, a national security attorney who prosecutes intelligence community whistleblower retaliation cases, on to discuss the chilling alleged effort to destroy his client, Adam Lovinger, following his discovery of shady Defense Department contracts made out to among others, Trump campaign FBI informant Stefan Halper.

Lovinger, a highly regarded Pentagon analyst, has found his career ruined, allegedly due to whistleblower retaliation for raising the Halper issue and several others — first losing a prominent position in the Trump National Security Council (NSC), then having his security clearance revoked and finally being suspended without pay altogether while trying to litigate four separate cases against the officials who targeted him.

The various probes and allegedly baseless allegations raised against the conservative Lovinger come from Obama administration holdovers to whom Lovinger had reported malfeasance in the prestigious Pentagon Office of Net Assessment (ONA) where he served prior to being detailed to NSC.

Since raising issues of potential corruption and wasted taxpayer funds at ONA, Lovinger has found himself the target of what his lawyer deems a “farce” of a process, lacking in all due process and fairness, and intended to break Lovinger for political purposes.

If Lovinger’s allegations are true, this is a damning case of administrative state tyranny coming from the national security apparatus.

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, and download the episode directly here.

You can read the transcript in full here.

There are 4 comments.

  1. Bob Thompson Member

    This illustrates a real problem in dealing with the bureaucracy in the form of the ‘Deep State’. Maybe this is how Bruce Ohr was able to freelance in his dealings with Christopher Steele. He is reportedly a 20-year federal career employee, perhaps with Civil Service employment protections. There are likely many federal employees with civil service status working in policy positions where they can, if they choose, thwart administration initiatives.

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    • August 31, 2018, at 12:56 PM PDT
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  2. Steve C. Member

    I’m interested in learning why he lost his post to the NSC.

    Otherwise, while I give him the benefit of the doubt, it appears the feds must think they have strong reasons to suspend him without pay. Those actions seem extreme. Federal bureaucrats are usually pretty careful.

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    • August 31, 2018, at 2:36 PM PDT
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  3. Ontheleftcoast Inactive

    Steve C. (View Comment):

    I’m interested in learning why he lost his post to the NSC.

    Otherwise, while I give him the benefit of the doubt, it appears the feds must think they have strong reasons to suspend him without pay. Those actions seem extreme. Federal bureaucrats are usually pretty careful.

    The process can be the punishment.

    This is cross posted from a post on the member feed.

     

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    • August 31, 2018, at 3:24 PM PDT
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  4. Unsk Member

    Great work Ben!

    How anyone can defend Mueller, Sessions, Rosenstein, Comey, Brenann et al anymore is beyond me. To do so one has to be love with a Secret Police Gestapo regime. for that is where we are headed unless the DOJ, FBI , CIA and a host of other Federal agencies are thoroughly fumigated for the infestation of traitorous rats. 

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    • August 31, 2018, at 4:51 PM PDT
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