Revealed: Rep. Ratcliffe Uncovered Secret FBI Debate Over Trump Motivation For Comey Firing During House Interview with James Baker
Rep. John Ratcliffe
Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) discovered the FBI had secretly debated Trump’s motivation to fire Comey which ultimately led to a counterintel probe into whether the President was working on behalf of Russia during his closed-door interview with former FBI agent James Baker.
Why did the FBI believe President Trump was a national security threat and ‘possibly working on behalf of Russia’ when he fired FBI Director James Comey? — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was the one who wrote the memo recommending Trump fire Comey over his handling of the Hillary email investigation.
Furthermore, James Comey said in a December 2018 testimony to House Republicans there was no evidence Trump colluded with Russia by the time he was fired: “In fact, when I was fired as director, I still didn’t know whether there was anything to it.”
This is the swamp personified.
Comey confidant James Baker gave two closed-door testimonies to House Republicans in October and according to reports, Baker was singing like a canary and threw DAG Rosenstein under the bus.
The New York Times admitted Friday that portions of Baker’s closed-door testimonies were given to the paper, however it was not revealed which lawmaker was responsible for the line of questioning:
“Not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security,” Mr. Baker said in his testimony, portions of which were read to The New York Times. Mr. Baker did not explicitly acknowledge the existence of the investigation of Mr. Trump to congressional investigators.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported on Sunday that Rep. Ratcliffe is the lawmaker who uncovered the FBI debated Trump’s motivation to fire Comey and said his interview with James Baker was “selectively leaked” to the New York Times.
Via Fox News:
Contacted by Fox, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker uncovered the claims, some of which were first reported Friday by the New York Times.
Ratcliffe called the Baker transcript leak “selective,” adding that the full transcript of the Oct. 18 interview, which is undergoing a classification review by the FBI and the Justice Department, reveals “that in May 2017, political bias infected senior FBI leadership, and emotion — not evidence — drove their decision making.”
A separate source said Baker told investigators the internal FBI debate over the president’s decision to fire Comey on May 9, 2017, included personnel who have since left the bureau for cause, retired, or have been demoted.
Baker’s closed-door testimonies were conducted in an unclassified setting and have been at the DOJ and FBI for review before being released to the public — in the meantime, the Democrats will have the luxury of selectively leaking portions of the testimonies to the ‘hate Trump media.’
Rep. Ratcliffe said that House Republicans have patiently been working with the proper channels and chain of command to get the transcripts released to the public.
What is the hold up? What the hell is taking so long?