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Joseph Schmitz, a former US Department of Defense inspector general and former executive of mercenary contractor Blackwater PMC, has been accused of anti-Semitism in two separate complaints.

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According to a complaint by Daniel Meyer, who also served in the Pentagon inspector general’s office, Schmitz, who currently serves as one of five foreign policy advisors for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, boasted about firing Jews and downplayed the Holocaust during his service as inspector general for the US Department of Defense during George W. Bush’s Administration.

“His summary of his tenure’s achievement [is] reported as ‘…I fired the Jews,'” Meyer wrote in his complaint.

“In his final days [as inspector general], he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill six million Jews,” the complaint states, referring to former assistant inspector general John Crane, who resigned in 2013 under the threat of being fired after an administrative inquiry regarding Crane’s concerns of whistleblower mistreatment.

Schmitz resigned from his office in Pentagon in 2005, following allegations of stonewalling an FBI investigation of John A. Shaw, in relation to contracting improprieties in Iraq, for which Shaw was fired in December 2004.

​​Schmitz denied he made anti-Semitic remarks, and blames Crane as the source of “completely false and defamatory” rumors about him.

“I do not recall ever even hearing of any ‘allegations of anti-Semitism against [me],’ which would be preposterously false and defamatory because, among other reason(s), I am quite proud of the Jewish heritage of my wife of 38 years,” Schmitz told reporters.

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Another allegation comes from David Tenenbaum, an Army engineer at the Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich.

Tenenbaum accuses Schmitz of creating an “anti-Semitic environment” within the military that left him “vulnerable.”

“The anti-Semitic environment began under a prior Inspector General, Mr. Joseph Schmitz,” a letter from Tenenbaum’s lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, of Birmingham, Michigan, states.

Details of this second complaint are yet unknown. The two cases have been joined and await investigation by the Merit Systems Protection Board.