The Secret Service has settled a five-year legal battle with a whistleblower after the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found that the agency retaliated against him for formally complaining about superiors’ alleged misconduct.

Robert MacQueen, a 24-year veteran Secret Service special agent, spent more than three years on unpaid leave with his security clearance revoked fighting trumped-up charges he misused his government vehicle and claimed more overtime pay than he deserved.

Sean Bigley, MacQueen’s attorney, said the case is groundbreaking and provides more hope for other federal intelligence and law enforcement officers who previously faced few legal options after managers wrongfully revoked their security clearances, ruining their career prospects.

Bigley confirmed that the legal dispute, which the Washington Free Beacon reported on in September, was settled “on terms very favorable” to MacQueen and followed IG report recommendations.

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