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Andrew P. Bakaj, the Whistleblower’s Lawyer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
HEAVY ^ | Sep 25, 2019 | Emily Bicks

Posted on 09/28/2019 10:54:34 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter

Andrew P. Bakaj is the lawyer representing the whistleblower who came forward with information about President Donald Trump and his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about an investigation into 2020 democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The whistleblower’s intel, which has now been turned over to Congress confidentially, pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump on September 24, 2019.

Lead counsel on this high-profile case is the 36-year-old Bakaj, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, who now works as the founding & managing partner of Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC. Between 2012 and 2014, he worked with whistleblower case inside the Central Intelligence Agency, and is considered uniquely qualified to act on this case alongside fellow attorney, Mark S. Zaid.

Here’s what you need to know about Andrew P. Bakaj:

1. Bakaj Is a Connecticut Native Who Attended George Washington University & Syracuse Law

Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid are involved in Whistleblower Aid, a nonpartisan legal nonprofit that supports “individuals who, lawfully, report government and corporate law breaking. We can provide assistance to individuals in the United States or abroad who want to disclose illegal conduct, including misconduct relating to,” according to its website.

Zaid is a founding legal partner of Whistleblower Aid, while Bakaj is of counsel for the organization. The nonprofit’s website says, “Bakaj served as an intelligence officer and criminal investigator with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Central Intelligence Agency. Bakaj won DoD’s Investigator of the Year award in 2012 for his work on chemical weapons storage. He personally wrote both CIA and DoD agency regulations prohibiting reprisals against whistleblowers. Andrew Bakaj of Compass Rose Legal Group PLLC serves of counsel to Whistleblower Aid.”

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, where he attended Trinity Catholic High School, the George Washington University alum and graduate of Syracuse School of Law, has appeared as an expert or consulted on matters for numerous news and TV shows.

Bakaj previously served as a Senior Investigator with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General, where he managed global investigative operations involving time-sensitive and high profile investigations.

According to his Linkedin profile, Bakaj was an intern at the U.S. State Department from June 2002 to August 2002 at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. He, “Created the Embassy’s fraud database, performed various counter-fraud duties, interviewed visa candidates, translated official Ukrainian/Russian documents into English, and represented official U.S. interests at various events throughout Ukraine. Notable: was the on-scene official at the L’viv Air Show tragedy and assisted in coordinating U.S. Aid to the region. Assisted the Council General, Director of the Fraud Unit, and the Political Attaché in various capacities,” according to his Linkedin.

Bakaj worked as a law clerk for his hometown of Stamford and for the U.S. Justice Department.

He was a private attorney for a year, before joining the Department of Defense as a senior investigator in 2008, a role he held until 2012. He remained in the government in the CIA from 2012 to 2015 in the inspector general’s investigations office.

2. Bakaj Was Wrongly Terminated for Working With CIA Whistleblowers in 2014, According to External Investigators

According to his LinkedIn profile, Bakaj started working with CIA in 2012, and helped ensure the agency was complying with President Barack Obama’s new directive to protect whistleblowers with access to classified information who expose fraud, waste, and abuse. In April 2014, Bakaj’s co-workers shared with him their concerns with multiple senior employees at the CIA inspector general’s office who were involved in facilitating or covering up evidence mishandling one of its investigations.

Bakaj then spoke with the intelligence community inspector general’s office (ICIG) about those concerns. According to source, superiors at the CIA interfered in interview with the ICIG to find out the whistleblowers’ names. Afterward, Bakaj’s security clearance was suspended and was put on administrative leave. A year later, in 2015, Bakaj retired from the CIA, and became a managing partner of Compass Rose Legal Group.

Over five years later, on August 8, 2019, external investigators reviewed Bakaj’s case and the Department of Homeland Security concluded that he was retaliated against by his superiors who were trying to expose the whistleblowers in the office. While full conclusions remain classified, and Bakaj is not listed by name, his attorney, Mark Zaid, confirmed that it was him.

Irvin McCullough, a national security analyst for the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit whistleblower protection organization wrote of Bakaj, “Whistleblowers need engaged guardians inside the government — and that requires a trustworthy arbiter to protect them. Andrew has dedicated his career to building a bridge for the whistleblowers who come after him, and inspectors general across the community should take note of this landmark finding,” according to Yahoo News.

3. Bakaj Is Married, Has a Daughter & Is an Avid Biker & Golfer

As a leading expert in security clearance matters, who has advised numerous senior U.S. Government officials in a variety of legal and investigative areas, Bakaj doesn’t share too much of his personal life on social media.

While he doesn’t have an Instagram account, he shares news and case updates via Twitter, and occasionally post photos of his family on Facebook. Based on his featured pictures, it appears he is married and has one daughter. His wife is a teacher.

While Bakaj has practiced in both New Jersey, he is based in Washington D.C., and when former intelligence officer is not working, he’s outside biking, running triathlons, or teeing up at Top Golf.

Bakaj is a fan of all the local sports teams, and regularly attends Washington Redskins games at FedEx Field or cheers on the Nationals at National Stadium.

4. Bakaj Is Keeping the Identity of His Whistleblower Client a Secret

On August 12, an anonymous U.S. official filed a complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General, an organization in charge of investigations into fraud, abuse, waste and illegal acts for employees working in the intelligence agencies, and on September 18, The Washington Post reported the complaint deals with Trump’s communications with a foreign official, for which Inspector General Michael Atkinson flagged as “credible” and “urgent.”

On September 24, Bakaj sent a ‘Notice of Intent to Contact Congressional Intelligence Committees’ letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who took over for Dan Coats directly with the complaint. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff, who was copied on Bakaj’s letter, responded the same day. Schiff, who represented California’s 28th congressional district, asked for the whistleblower to come in for “voluntary interview” after Maguire testifies in a rare, open session Thursday, September 26, in a “secure location.”

A day before Maguire’s testimony, the whistleblower complaint was made available to members of Congress, but it has been set as classified. Several members of Congress have called for the complaint to be declassified and made available to the public.

Bakaj’s law firm has started a GoFundMe for the unnamed intelligence officer who is the whistleblower against Trump.

“The U.S. intelligence officer who filed an urgent report of government misconduct needs your help. This brave individual took an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. We’re working with the whistleblower and just launched a crowdfunding effort to pay the whistleblower’s legal fees,” the firm wrote. “The whistleblower needs help covering legal expenses. The Department of Justice has incorrectly asserted that this whistleblower doesn’t deserve legal protections. This brave public servant could face retaliation and needs your support.

The GoFundMe adds, “Donations will only be accepted from U.S. citizens. All funds that remain after the conclusion of this matter will be returned to Whistleblower Aid’s budget to help other brave Americans make lawful disclosures about government wrongdoing. The whistleblower took a great personal risk to defend our democracy, and did not do this for politics or personal gain. We need to have the whistleblower’s back.”

Please help support the Intelligence Community Whistleblower raise funds via @wbaidlaw – this is a tax-deductible contribution. You may also go to my firm's website and click on the red donate button. Please follow the link. My sincerest thank you. https://t.co/smayEkwMyr https://t.co/s5fgl7ObwS

— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) September 26, 2019

On the GoFundMe, Bakaj’s firm writes, “Let’s be clear–what’s happening is outrageous. The law is clear–whistleblowers must be permitted to speak to Members of Congress anonymously. Lawful disclosures are a basic element of oversight and republican governance. The whistleblowers’ legal counsel–Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid of Compass Rose Legal Group–are also core members of Whistleblower Aid’s team. They have helped to build this organization from scratch.”

About Bakaj it says, “He’s modest–but actually amazing. While Andrew was himself in government, he literally wrote the CIA and Pentagon rules prohibiting retaliation against whistleblowers. Then, after cooperating with an official investigation into CIA misconduct, he was subject to illegal reprisals and forced out of his job–in violation of the rules that he had written himself!”

The GoFundMe states, “We are so proud of Andrew and Mark. We can’t imagine a better team to protect the anonymous intelligence officer, and bring their disclosures to light. If we raise more than we need, Whistleblower Aid will use the money to help more brave whistleblowers stand up to executive overreach.”

5. Bakaj Spoke Out on Jared Kushner’s ‘Abnormally High’ Security Level, Made a Small Donation to Joe Biden’s Campaign & Worked for Democrats

“This is pretty bad,” Bakaj said to ThinkProgess on Kushner’s Top Secret security clearance at The White House. While Trump has the ability to legally grant Kushner such a clearance, there’s concern since his son-in-law has no experience handling Top Secret information, and his ability to use this intel for meetings with foreign officials, and his ongoing international business deals in Saudi Arabia.

After news reports surfaced that Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislayk just before Trump took office Bakaj prompted the question, “Why would he want to conceal his communications with a foreign adversary from our own intelligence services?”

Bakaj described to WAMU the difference between secret and top secret information is the “sensitivity of the information that you’ll have access to.” While disclosure of secret information can cause serious damage to national security, disclosure of top secret information can cause grave damage.”

Bakaj, meanwhile, has faced criticism from Trump and his allies about his past ties to Democrats, although there is no evidence of bias in the accusations brought by his client or in his choice to represent the client.

Bakaj made a $100 campaign contribution to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign through ActBlue, according to Federal Election Commission records. He made the contribution on April 26, 2019. ActBlue is a nonprofit that facilitates contributions to Democratic candidates.

Bakaj interned for Senator Chuck Schumer in the spring of 2001 and for then-Senator Hillary Clinton the fall of the same year.


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I continue to be awestruck by the depth of the swamp that encompasses our Nation's Capitol.

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According to his Linkedin profile, Bakaj was an intern at the U.S. State Department from June 2002 to August 2002 at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. He, “Created the Embassy’s fraud database, performed various counter-fraud duties, interviewed visa candidates, translated official Ukrainian/Russian documents into English, and represented official U.S. interests at various events throughout Ukraine.

1 posted on 09/28/2019 10:54:34 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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I am really beginning to think that the whistle blower is Adam Shiff himself.


2 posted on 09/28/2019 10:58:11 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Trump is right. This entire sordid affair is a CIA spy operation.


4 posted on 09/28/2019 11:01:51 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)
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This guy is just another Democrat Party low life, piece of human scum & vermin and an America hater to boot...period!!! Ladies and Gentlemen...the truth will always opt...sometimes, sooner & sometimes, later!!! This current Democrat Party needs to be totally politically destroyed from top to bottom!!! and fear the so called “Whistle Blower” will be revealed for whom he really is: another Arnold Benedict Traitor to his country!!!


5 posted on 09/28/2019 11:03:01 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (Defeat both the Republican (e) & Democrat (e) political parties....Forever!!!)
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To: pnut22

“””Bakaj previously served as a Senior Investigator with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General, where he managed global investigative operations involving time-sensitive and high profile investigations.”””

“””Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid are involved in Whistleblower Aid, a nonpartisan legal nonprofit that supports “individuals who, lawfully, report government and corporate law breaking. We can provide assistance to individuals in the United States or abroad who want to disclose illegal conduct, including misconduct relating to,” according to its website.””””


I would like to see phone records between Andrew Bakaj and current employees of the ICIG.

We should all be suspicious that Bakaj is the ‘fixer’ who convinced the ICIG employees to quietly change the Whistleblower Form to allow hearsay evidence.


6 posted on 09/28/2019 11:05:16 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

The Left is not going to stop until there are many bloody noses and real personal consequences for their treachery. I wonder how many are going to have to die and on which side before this civil war is over?


7 posted on 09/28/2019 11:07:08 AM PDT by Truth29
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“””He remained in the government in the CIA from 2012 to 2015 in the inspector general’s investigations office.”””


forgot to add that to prior comment.


8 posted on 09/28/2019 11:07:17 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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Bottom line lesson: When someone self identifies as a Democrat, they can never be trusted by decent people in any matter either trivial or important.


9 posted on 09/28/2019 11:10:28 AM PDT by allendale (.)
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“This is pretty bad,” Bakaj said to ThinkProgress...


ThinkProgress, eh? Means he’s an activist leftist type, naturally.

Remarkable the degree which the left has apparently taken over the intel agencies.


10 posted on 09/28/2019 11:29:21 AM PDT by Yardstick
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I would surmise he is also behind the change in the “whistle blower” policy that now accepts hearsay as legit.


11 posted on 09/28/2019 11:29:39 AM PDT by lastchance (Credo.)
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This article sounds like a whitewash for Mr. Bakaj.

See—he has kids! He bikes!


12 posted on 09/28/2019 11:30:41 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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So, how do we, POTUS, anyone bust it wide open?

I’m praying that’s what’s happening, behind all of the (iron) curtains, now. That the white hats have hold on the black hats - and their many webs, and that all will be exposed and brought down.

At least it looks to be getting exposure. That’s a good first step.


13 posted on 09/28/2019 11:34:07 AM PDT by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

It’s just a heavy.com info roll out.

They do this with anyone who is in the news. Scan the newswires and web to gather info about the person, then post it like an article.


14 posted on 09/28/2019 11:35:19 AM PDT by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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I don’t know but this appears to be a CIA operation to topple a ‘hostile’ government. In this case, hostile refers to the Trump admin’s hostility toward the corrupt CIA/FBI deep state players.

Obviously, any CIA/FBI involvement in spying on or conspiring against the POTUS is criminal and treasonous. Shut the treasonous deep state bastards down!


15 posted on 09/28/2019 12:03:05 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)
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“accepts hearsay as legit”

As for Trump, it really doesn’t matter how the phone call got reported.


16 posted on 09/28/2019 12:03:43 PM PDT by Brian Griffin
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

DC is over 90% ‘rat.

Metro DC is probably over 70% ‘rat.

‘Rats have very lucrative gigs in Metro DC.


17 posted on 09/28/2019 12:09:10 PM PDT by Brian Griffin
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Do the 'Rats think they can get the House to vote articles of impeachment while keeping the so-called whistleblower's identity secret?

In normal criminal trials the defendant is entitled to be confronted with the witnesses against him and to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor (Amendment VI to the US Constitution).

But we have seen that the justice system in the US no longer believes in the Bill of Rights or basic fairness (as in cases where exculpatory evidence is withheld from the defendant), so we can't assume that Article VI applies to President Trump.

18 posted on 09/28/2019 1:14:04 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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“ According to his Linkedin profile...”

According to my LinkedIn profile, I was a Senior Analyst at Bob, Inc.


19 posted on 09/28/2019 2:04:07 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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Bakaj interned for Senator Chuck Schumer in the spring of 2001 and for then-Senator Hillary Clinton the fall of the same year.


20 posted on 09/28/2019 5:15:10 PM PDT by MarvinStinson
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