Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Criminal Corruption at the Top Levels of the FBI Is Being Exposed

 
James A. Baker, former FBI general counsel

Former FBI general counsel James A. Baker is the subject of a criminal investigation for leaking information to the media. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports:

The former top lawyer at the FBI has been under federal investigation for leaking to the media, a letter from House Republicans revealed Tuesday.

The letter from GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows cited the transcript of a congressional interview with former General Counsel James Baker and his lawyer last fall, where the probe conducted by seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham was confirmed.

“You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,” lawyer Daniel Levin told lawmakers, as he pushed back on questions about his client’s conversations with reporters.

Read the whole article here. Despite the similar names, James A. Baker is not to be confused with James A. Baker III, who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

It’s not clear what Baker may have leaked to the media. Baker was demoted and reassigned to a different position within the FBI in 2017 and then later resigned.

Peter Strzok

Other former top FBI officials have similarly left or been dismissed from the FBI in disgrace, including Peter Strzok, the former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division. Strzok was fired in August 2018 after the Justice Department Inspector General filed a report that detailed Strzok’s extreme anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton bias.

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired in 2018 for lying repeatedly to investigators about leaking to the media and was referred by the Inspector General for criminal prosecution.

Former FBI director James Comey was also fired in May 2017 for being an insufferable boob whom everyone on both sides of the aisle hated. Comey infamously broke FBI protocol repeatedly by usurping authority from the attorney general (Loretta Lynch) and announcing the existence of criminal investigations (into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump). He also mislead Donald Trump over the nature of the Steele Dossier, and was also in charge of the FBI when the bureau knowingly used unverified documents (the aforementioned Steele Dossier) to mislead a federal judge in order to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on American citizen, Carter Page. Although the FBI swore they had reason to believe Page was committing criminal acts on behalf of a foreign nation, Page has never been charged with any crime, despite being spied on for a year. This is because the FBI was not actually interested in Page. Spying on Page allowed the FBI to gain access to the communications of the Trump campaign, their real target.

Last week the New York Times reported that the FBI opened a criminal investigation in May 2017 into the sitting president of United States based on nothing more than policy disagreements they had with Donald Trump. This unconstitutional, Banana Republic-style investigation, an attempt to criminalize political positions and undo elections, was launched when Andrew McCabe was the acting FBI director, James A. Baker was the FBI’s general counsel, and Peter Strzok was the number 2 agent in the Counterintelligence Division.

Fortunately these particular corrupt individuals are no longer in positions of power. I hope they will all be prosecuted and spend considerable amounts of time in prison.

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  1. Freesmith Inactive

    You’re neglecting another important aspect of the FBI investigation launched upon the firing of James Comey.

    Not only did the bureau usurp executive branch authority it did not possess – to unilaterally vet the duly-elected President – but by not informing the Congressional “Gang of Eight” which is charged with overseeing the intelligence agencies, the FBI usurped legislative branch responsibilities as well. 

    In short, they operated as an unaccountable secret police.

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    • January 15, 2019, at 11:03 AM PST
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  2. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor

    If nothing else I’m thankful for the election of Donald Trump for revealing this corruption, like taking a bandage off a festering wound.

    • #2
    • January 15, 2019, at 11:32 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  3. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Spygate is the greatest scandal in American history. Thanks for the post and using the phrase “insufferable boob”. 

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    • January 15, 2019, at 11:56 AM PST
    • 11 likes
  4. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Max Ledoux: James A. Baker is not to be confused with James A. Baker III, who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

    Well, obviously. He’s the one who was caught with Jessica Hahn.

    Wikipedia says that James Addison Baker III’s great-grandfather was state judge James Addison Baker and his grandfather was attorney James Addison Baker (né James Addison Baker Jr.). Shouldn’t that have made the first the fourth?

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    • January 15, 2019, at 12:11 PM PST
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  5. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Max Ledoux: I hope they will all be prosecuted and spend considerable amounts of time in prison.

    I second the motion.

    • #5
    • January 15, 2019, at 12:13 PM PST
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  6. PHCheese Member

    I no longer have hope that any of these criminals will be brought to justice.

    • #6
    • January 15, 2019, at 12:41 PM PST
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  7. Freesmith Inactive

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux: I hope they will all be prosecuted and spend considerable amounts of time in prison.

    I second the motion.

    The question is, of what charge?

    How about sedition? After all, it’s important for the survival of our republic that those who engaged in secret police tactics receive the harshest possible punishment for their serious crime, and not of some bureaucratic infringement.

    Pour encourager les autres.

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    • January 15, 2019, at 12:57 PM PST
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  8. Unsk Member

    The real question is whether the next AG, likely William Barr, will seek to prosecute fully or seek a Special Counsel to investigate the massive criminality of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, IRS and the last White House.

    This post “John Huber , Justice Dept. Sheriff who never quite rode into Town” by Paul Sperry of Real Clear Investigations exposes the Sessions appointed Huber investigation as a total sham that hasn’t even interviewed any key witnesses and that has rejected any damning testimony offered by those same witnesses of the massive wrongdoing:

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/12/22/john_huber_vanishing_savior_for_gop.html

    A Special Counsel is a must at the this point otherwise the developing pattern of two sets of Justice – a pliant forgiving one for the connected Deep State and Progressives and a draconian Gestapo style one that fabricates the crime to fit the accused enemy of the Deep State will be enshrined and firmly established to usher in a Progressive/Deep State dictatorship camouflaged with a big smiley face by the mainstream media. 

    Confronting this growing bureaucratic evil is perhaps the most important issue for the Trump Presidency and one which Trump has so far skirted around to his detriment. This issue must be confronted or our Constitutional Republic will soon evaporate into the wind to be replaced by a Police State.. 

     

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    • January 15, 2019, at 1:12 PM PST
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  9. Freesmith Inactive

    Unsk (View Comment):
    A Special Counsel is a must at the this point otherwise the developing pattern of two sets of Justice – a pliant forgiving one for the connected Deep State and Progressives and a draconian Gestapo style one that fabricates the crime to fit the accused enemy of the Deep State will be enshrined and firmly established to usher in a Progressive/Deep State dictatorship camouflaged with a big smiley face by the mainstream media.

    I concur with this paragraph 100%. We have a two-tiered system of justice in the United States and it must be uprooted for the sake of our posterity. It is one of the most important issues facing Americans, especially liberty-loving conservative Americans, today.

    Which is why the almost total silence of elected officials such as Ben Sasse and Marco Rubio, and of pundits with powerful media platforms like Jonah Goldberg, David French and Erick Erickson is so appalling.

    These men respond faster to a presidential tweet, a Gillette advertisement or a picture of Louis Farrakhan at a rally than they have to the perversion of our legal system and the Founders vision of our government.

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    • January 15, 2019, at 1:27 PM PST
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  10. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux: James A. Baker is not to be confused with James A. Baker III, who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

    Well, obviously. He’s the one who was caught with Jessica Hahn.

    Wikipedia says that James Addison Baker III’s great-grandfather was state judge James Addison Baker and his grandfather was attorney James Addison Baker (né James Addison Baker Jr.). Shouldn’t that have made the first the fourth?

    Yes…. that is confusing.

     

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    • January 15, 2019, at 3:02 PM PST
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  11. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Freesmith (View Comment):

    You’re neglecting another important aspect of the FBI investigation launched upon the firing of James Comey.

    Not only did the bureau usurp executive branch authority it did not possess – to unilaterally vet the duly-elected President – but by not informing the Congressional “Gang of Eight” which is charged with overseeing the intelligence agencies, the FBI usurped legislative branch responsibilities as well.

    In short, they operated as an unaccountable secret police.

    That’s the CIA’s job! 

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    • January 15, 2019, at 4:12 PM PST
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  12. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux: I hope they will all be prosecuted and spend considerable amounts of time in prison.

    I second the motion.

    I’d prefer execution, but prison’s ok too. 

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    • January 15, 2019, at 4:13 PM PST
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  13. Richard Easton Member

    Comey leaked classified information. Has his trial date been set?

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    • January 15, 2019, at 6:27 PM PST
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  14. Henry Racette Contributor

    Hank Rhody, Acting on Emotion (View Comment):

    If nothing else I’m thankful for the election of Donald Trump for revealing this corruption, like taking a bandage off a festering wound.

    Absolutely.

    Back in 2016, I had a pretty short list of things I needed to get from the Trump administration to consider it a success. One of them was a substantial end to the ominous corruption at DOJ. It’s an up-hill slog, but I’m glad to see it happening.

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    • January 15, 2019, at 6:52 PM PST
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  15. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Freesmith (View Comment):
    The question is, of what charge?

    I have a fun game we can play. Bring in all the SpyGate criminals (Comey, Clapper, Page, Strzok, Ohr, Rice,…) for interviews make them list out every communication (date, time, content) with any other other person of interest. Then for each mistake they make, give them 1 year in Alcatraz for each “false statement”. Any attempt to contact another in the future gets 5 more years for witness tampering. It is fun and easy to play!!

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    • January 15, 2019, at 8:23 PM PST
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