MASSIVE BLOW: Top FBI Lawyer REASSIGNED
The Left tried to sneak this one in on us. But the swamp draining at the FBI continues.
As the Washington Post reports,
The FBI’s top lawyer, James Baker, is being reassigned — one of the first moves by new director Christopher A. Wray to assemble his own team of senior advisers as he tries to fend off accusations of politicization within the bureau.
Baker told colleagues he will be taking on other duties at the FBI, according to people familiar with the matter. In recent months, Baker had been caught up in a strange interagency dispute that led to a leak probe and attracted the attention of senior lawmakers, but people familiar with the matter said the probe had recently ended with a decision not to charge anyone. The leak issue had not played a part in Baker’s reassignment, these people said.
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I love the next part of the article. Because we are informed of just how trusted Baker is.
Baker, one of the most trusted, longest-serving national security officials in the government, has served as the head of the FBI’s Office of General Counsel for several years, playing a key role in the agency’s handling of major cases and policy debates, including the FBI’s unsuccessful battle with Apple over the growing use of encryption in cellphones.
Sure, Americans can trust Baker, just like we could trust Mueller and Comey. Both men were described as bi-partisan and as straight as they come, ethically-speaking.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Thus, believe that Baker is a crook. And his “reassignment” represents the Left’s attempt to cover their tracks.
The article continues,
He was very close to former FBI director James B. Comey, who asked Baker to be his general counsel. They were colleagues at the Justice Department and when they were out of government at Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm.
Anybody surprised to learn this?
DC incest infests the body politics, and yes in that sleazy way the word incest implies. These bureaucrats elevate themselves with their fake credentials, then vouch for each other as solid citizens. The District contains a den of thieves.
Baker attempted to downplay his “reassignment” in an email he sent to colleagues. He cautioned that the change does not take effect immediately. Further, Baker claimed the move to be standard operating procedure, and part of a new director taking charge at the bureau. Of course Baker said his removal is not a reflection of the political controversies swirling around the FBI.
Since Wray became director in August, Baker supposedly told colleagues he expected the new boss would eventually pick someone new for his position. Guilty dog barking, if you ask me.
Asked to comment for the record, Baker declined to comment. Neither did an FBI spokesman.
From this vantage point it appears that Baker found himself in the middle of an inside the bureau investigation. The investigation centered around leaks involving the FBI and the NSA and Yahoo. Reuters reported at the time,
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.
The spotlight shined on Baker.
Because some NSA officials were concerned that too much had been revealed about a classified program in an effort to correct a prior report.
One U.S. official said, “Jim was distressed about it but was confident he hadn’t leaked anything’’. The official added that Baker felt he would be cleared.
He was. But not the way he thought he would be.
We witness a shake-up at the FBI. But in the spirit of fake news they sew a silk shirt from sow’s ass.
This is step one of the FBI’s tumultuous future. Expect more “reassignments” shortly.