The Spygate scandal thickens.
Liberals were hysterical when Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan, who was accused of monetizing his clearance by Sen. Rand Paul. It makes no sense for a former government employee to retain clearance – especially those that have been fired by Trump (like Peter Strzok, or James Comey). While Trump’s decision was portrayed as petty revenge by some in the media, you have to understand how Brennan abused his power while he was still CIA director.
As we’ve documented previously, when it comes to the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation, Brennan was the man behind the curtain. Brennan played a large role in relaying British intelligence on the Trump campaign to the FBI (a form of “information laundering,”).
The British intelligence agency GCHQ had been gathering intelligence on members of the Trump campaign (which they claim was accidental), but certainly, it wasn’t accidental when the head of the GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, flew down to Washington to share that intelligence with Brennan in the summer of 2016. It was with that intelligence that Brennan was able to convince the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, that would later transform into the Mueller Special Counsel following James Comey’s firing.
Despite all the criticism Trump has received for revoking Brennan’s security clearance, nobody noticed when the FBI revoked the clearance of a whistle-blower who would’ve uncovered the Spygate scandal years before the rest of us.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) August 16, 2018
According to the Washington Times, “a Trump-supporting Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama-appointed officials after he complained of questionable government contracts to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign.”
The man in question was Adam Lovinger, a 12-year veteran of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, who complained to his bosses about Halper in the fall of 2016. According to Lovinger’s lawyer, he’d complained about the excessive “sweetheart deals” that Halper was receiving.
On May 1st, 2017, his superiors stripped his security clearance and demoted him to doing menial chores. He filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint in May and a complaint on July 18th alleging that he was stripped of clearance to punish him.
Again quoting the Washington Times, “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,’ his complaint said. It said Mr. Halper was hired to ‘conduct foreign relations,’ a job that should be confined to government officials. ‘It was a topic of conversation within the office/ What is Halper doing, and why is he being paid astronomically more than others similarly situated?’”
Nobody in the office seemed to know what Halper was doing – and that’s because he was their spy to covertly infiltrate the Trump campaign. Halper met with both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos – both of which would later find themselves under FBI surveillance or investigation.
This occurred two years ago, and we’re just learning of it now. While the Mueller Special Counsel continues to find zero evidence of collusion, the case for “Spygate” only continues to strengthen.