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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.
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.