WHY IS JAMES H. BAKER STILL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE?

Do you know who James H. Baker is?

Maybe you do and maybe you don’t.  But it is an excellent bet that Adam Lovinger does, along with several Democrat-connected contractors.

From Richard Pollock’s article at dailycaller.com:

The Pentagon’s Inspector General has launched a preliminary investigation into charges that James H. Baker, the director of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), is retaliating against a whistleblower who warned of “rigged” contracts to outside consultants, The Daily Caller News Foundation has confirmed.

The DCNF verified through two independent sources that the acting IG, Glenn A. Fine, initiated a formal “Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation” Sept. 28 to look into allegations that Baker unleashed various reprisals against Adam Lovinger, a senior ONA official. Lovinger warned about potential sweetheart deals to politically-connected outside contractors, including one with a woman Chelsea Clinton has referred to as her “best friend.”

The IG is investigating Baker’s actions under Presidential Policy Directive-19, an October 2012 directive designed to protect members of the intelligence community who report waste, fraud and abuse. The directive pointedly states that it “prohibits retaliation against employees for reporting waste, fraud, and abuse.”

Baker is an Obama holdover appointed by Secretary Ashton Carter in May 2015, who remains the ONA director 11 months into the Trump administration.

Would a federal official showing favoritism in handing out contracts and retaliating against a whistleblower surprise me?  Though I wish the answer were yes, it isn’t.  Neither would surprise me at all.

What surprises me – amazes me, actually – is that the Trump administration left James H. Baker in a position where he could do the things he allegedly has done.

And Baker is far from the only Obama holdover left in a significant position either.

What possible explanation is there for President Trump not replacing the James H. Bakers with his own people?

You can bet it didn’t take Barack Obama this long.

4 Comments

  • Ken, can you come up with any reasons why Trump has left so many of Obama’s people in place?
    I can’t, other than the people who can’t be fired.
    And honestly, I don’t know which ones can’t be fired or why they can’t be fired.
    I wish someone would explain it, thoroughly.

  • A few things:

    – Your cited article only mentions a preliminary investigation – of an allegation. It doesn’t mention any result of the investigation.

    – I am unsure why you mention Chelsea Clinton at all.

    – The first (and previous) ONA Director, Andy Marshall – who recently died – (March 2019) served under all Administrations, starting under President Nixon, retiring under President Obama. I assume some of the studies the ONA undertakes, are lengthy, and having a brilliant and dedicated person (like Andy Marshall) in the job – rightfully transcends partisan politics.

    • I’m fascinated that you would comment on a blog posted well over a year ago.

      But, to answer: I know it was a preliminary investigation. Chelsea Clinton was mentioned by the writer of the article, not me. I assume he mentioned her because Baker was originally an Obama (i.e. Democrat) appointee, so the contract might have been a political favor. And Andy Marshall, however good or bad he was at his job, was not the subject of the article.

      Regarding Baker, he’s still in his position, so – at least so far – the Trump administration has not been convinced that he should be replaced. Whether that changes in the future is anybody’s guess.

  • Dear Mr Berwitz; I did not the date of your original article….and as indictments are beginning to come down….and the corruption of the Obama administration unravels….I CANNOT FIND anything about what is going on with this LINK? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why Col Baker has ANY authority to be involved in a “Stephan Halper” Clandestine operation!! As Mr Lovinger eludes to…Col Baker HAD TO KNOW this was NOT for “Research on China”! Why has NO ONE in the media tried to get to the bottom of this? Not even John Solomon or Sarah Carter. I am no rocket scientist BUT I HAVE SHOUTED for over three years….Halper and Pientka UNDER OATH and we would know EVERYTHING!! I get very baffled when someone writes an article like this….and APPEARS to be ZERO follow thru? Thank You Sir!!

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