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Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj Quoted in a NEWSWEEK Article About President Trump, Director Comey, and the Alleged “Trump Tapes.”

May 12, 2017

Newsweek

Compass Rose Legal Group’s Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj is quoted in a Newsweek article discussing President Trump’s Tweet about the possible existence of “tapes” of their private conversations.

Specifically, Andrew responded to a question about the possibility of then-Director Comey recording private conversations with the President. Andrew is quoted saying:

I’d find it hard to believe. Normally, such meetings are confidential in order to promote candid and honest conversations with the president,” said Andrew P. Bakaj, managing attorney of Compass Rose Legal Group, and former national security official who is a national security law expert. “That’s why you often hear executive branch officials decline to discuss personal conversations with the president.”

The full article can be accessed by clicking here.

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Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj Quoted in an Article About Michael Flynn’s SF-86 and Ongoing Legal Situation

April 26, 2017

LawNewz

Compass Rose Legal Group’s Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj is quoted in an article discussing the ramifications of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s SF-86. The SF-86 is the form that federal employees and contractors must complete in order to obtain a security clearance.

Andrew discusses the ramifications of Flynn’s failure to disclose his foreign contacts; foreign activities; and foreign business, professional activities, and foreign government contacts on his SF-86. He is quoted saying:

Given that there are multiple ongoing investigations, perhaps even a criminal investigation, the false official statements can be used as leverage by a federal investigator and the Department of Justice to obtain a guilty plea to a lesser crime or, in the alternative, to compel cooperation in the event he’s not the ‘biggest fish’ in an investigation.

The full article can be accessed by clicking here.

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Letter to the Editor: Whistleblower Protections Are Getting Stronger

April 21, 2017

Just Security

Compass Rose Legal Group’s Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj and colleague Mark Zaid write a follow-on article with Just Security regarding PPD-19 whistleblower protections.

Andrew and Mark are handling multiple clients with PPD-19 appeals, and they have already forged precedent-setting decisions.

While not the topic of the article, PPD-19 is the key mechanism by which federal employees and contractors can challenge adverse security clearance actions (ie. suspension, revocation, etc.) when the action follows lawful protected activity. For more information, contact CRLG at info@CompassRosePLLC.com.

To read this article, click here: Letter to the Editor: Whistleblower Protections Are Getting Stronger.

Links to prior and associated articles are here:

Whistleblower Reinstated in Job in Test Case for NSA and Intelligence Community.

New Case Proves Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Have Protections.

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CRLG Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj and Colleague Mark Zaid Set Intelligence Community & PPD-19 Precedent

February 27, 2017

On February 22, 2017, Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid, via the Law Office of Mark S. Zaid, P.C., obtained a decision with the Intelligence Community Inspector General (“ICIG”), expanding protection for Intelligence Community whistleblowers. This is a true milestone as the PPD-19 national security whistleblower reprisal investigation process is being refined after being established in 2012.

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Whistleblower Reinstated in Job in Test Case for NSA and Intelligence Community

February 24, 2017

Just Security

A follow-on article to Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj’s and colleague Mark Zaid’s Op-Ed in Just Security regarding activity within the NSA.

Andrew and Mark are handling multiple clients with PPD-19 appeals, and they have already forged precedent-setting decisions.

To read this article, please click here: Whistleblower Reinstated in Job in Test Case for NSA and Intelligence Community.

To read the original Op-Ed, click here: New Case Proves Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Have Protections.

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Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj and Colleague Mark Zaid Publish an Op-Ed in Just Security Regarding Protections for National Security Whistleblowers

 February 23, 2017

Just Security

Today the firm’s Managing Attorney, Andrew Bakaj, and his colleague, Mark Zaid, had an op-ed published in Just Security about recent events at the National Security Agency (NSA) involving PPD-19, Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information. The investigative program is one that Andrew developed at CIA, which is based on a program he refined at DoD.

In December, Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the NSA, placed the agency’s Inspector General (IG), Dr. George Ellard, on administrative leave and recommended he be removed from his position after an investigation into whether he retaliated against a whistleblower was conducted by a panel of IGs at the CIA, Treasury and Justice Department. This article explores the ramifications of this action.

To read this article, please click here: New Case Proves Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Have Protections.

 

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Managing Attorney Andrew Bakaj Quoted in an Article Involving a Former Inspector General for the Department of Defense

 August 18, 2016

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Andrew Bakaj, the firm’s Managing Attorney, was quoted in an article concerning the firm’s client, a former senior official with the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. The matters reported on are significant and go to the heart of independent oversight over the Executive Branch. To read the article in it’s entirety, please click here.

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For Immediate Release

February 25, 2016

Washington, DC

Andrew Bakaj Joins Mark S. Zaid, P.C. as Special Of Counsel

Compass Rose Legal Group is pleased to announce that Andrew Bakaj, the firm’s Managing Attorney, has been named as Special Of Counsel with the Law Office of Mark S. Zaid, PC. Mr. Zaid is a renowned national security attorney about whom the National Law Journal once wrote, “if Agent Mulder ever needed a lawyer, Zaid would be his man.”

For over two decades, Mr. Zaid has fought to guarantee the rights of former, current, and prospective civilian federal employees, defense contractors, members of our active duty and reserve military, and journalists, particularly when they are threatened by the overshadowing spectre of national security. His representation has ranged from high-profile Members of Congress to covert CIA operations officers whose names will never be revealed, from politically controversial cases to stealth efforts to obtain historic records. Using a variety of tools—including the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches, as well as the media—Mr. Zaid and his law firm have helped clients navigate the shadow world of national security, First Amendment, federal employment, and administrative law.

Some of his cases are well-known, such as suing Libya for the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 which resulted in a $2.7 billion settlement, the largest of its kind against a foreign government for terrorist activities, and obtaining a court-ordered injunction in 2004, effectively shutting down the Department of Defense’s mandatory anthrax vaccination program for two years. Mr. Zaid has been quoted in print and online news reports as an expert in national security law FOIA law. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News.

Mr. Zaid has been named as a 2016 Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyer” for his Administrative Law work, particularly in National Security. This is Mr. Zaid’s eighth consecutive year receiving recognition as a Super Lawyer, which includes only 5% of the lawyers in Washington, D.C. Furthermore, Mr. Zaid was named as a 2015 Top Lawyer in the field of National Security by Washingtonian Magazine. This is Mr. Zaid’s fourth consecutive recognition by the Magazine since 2009.

For more information, please visit http://www.MarkZaid.com.

~Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC.

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