Suspected Leaker and Comey “Confidant” Who Was Just Removed From Top Post at FBI Linked to Reporter Who Broke Trump Dossier Story

As previously reported by Caplan, FBI Director Christopher Wray is making his first major personnel change since he took over as head of the bureau.

According to reports, Wray has removed James Baker, head of the FBI’s Office of General Counsel. “Baker played a key role in the agency’s handling of major cases and policy debates in recent years, including the FBI’s unsuccessful battle with Apple over the growing use of encryption in cellphones,” reports Zerohedge. 

Baker was moved to a different position inside the agency.

In July, Circa News’ Sara Carter reported FBI General Counsel James A. Baker and, “close confidant” of former FBI head James Comey, was allegedly under investigation for leaking classified information to the media.

James Baker, FBI general counsel pictured on left; David Corn, Mother Jones reporter pictured on right.

It turns out Baker was in touch with Mother Jones reporter, David Corn in the fall of 2016. David Corn was the first reporter to publish a story on the Trump dossier on October 31st, 2016.

On October 31st, 2016 with just days to go until election day, David Corn of Mother Jones broke the story of a ‘veteran spy’ who gave the FBI information on Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. Christopher Steele, British spy and author of the garbage dossier was not named in this Mother Jones report. Only hints of the dossier were published; the salacious claims were omitted.

Hillary Clinton was disappointed the entire dossier hadn’t been published in full prior to the election. After all, she paid millions of dollars for the smear document.

The author of the dossier, Christopher Steele was also desperate to get the salacious document out to the public. He told David Corn of Mother Jones, “The story has to come out.”

BuzzFeed published the entire dossier on January 10th, right before the inauguration.

Via POLITICO:

House Republicans are investigating contact between the FBI’s top lawyer and a Mother Jones reporter in the weeks before the left-leaning outlet broke the first news story about the existence of a disputed dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, according to two congressional GOP sources who described documents linking the two men.

The GOP sources said the documents — made available recently to lawmakers by the Department of Justice — revealed that James Baker, the FBI’s general counsel, communicated with Mother Jones reporter David Corn in the weeks leading up to the November 2016 election. Corn was the first to report the existence of the dossier on Oct. 31 and that it was compiled by a former high-level western spy.

Corn denied that Baker was a source for his story on the dossier.

“I’m not going to discuss my sources. But in order to prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information, I will say that James Baker was not my source for this story,” he said in a statement to POLITICO.

GOP sources said there’s no conclusive evidence that Baker helped Corn’s reporting or was one of his sources. Republicans are however, pointing to the suspicious connection which further plays into the belief the FBI had a hand in helping disseminate details of the dossier to reporters.

 

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