A letter between House Republicans and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham has revealed that former FBI General Counsel James Baker has been under a federal investigation for leaking to the media.
The letter, which seeks an update on the case, cites a transcript in which Baker’s attorney cites the investigation as a reason Baker can’t respond to questions from the members of Congress about their leaks investigation.
From Fox News:
“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.
Jordan and Meadows’ letter was sent to Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, and requested additional information about the probe later this month.
“As we continue our oversight and investigative work, we felt it prudent to write to you seeking an update. Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans,” they wrote.
It’s the latest information into the leaks of the Obama FBI people.
Last year, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe saw his leak case referred to the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. McCabe was fired for lying to federal investigators about his role in a media leak regarding the Clinton Foundation on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.
The letter from the GOP lawmakers cited other concerns that arose as part of their own investigation when Republicans controlled the House:
“The Committees learned that in some instances, high-ranking DOJ and FBI officials, including the FBI General Counsel James Baker and DOJ Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, took the self-described ‘unusual’ step of inserting themselves into the evidentiary chain of custody.”
Documents reviewed by Fox News indicate that Ohr became the back-channel between Christopher Steele, author of the controversial and unverified anti-Trump “dossier,” and the FBI after he was fired by the bureau for lying about his contact with the media. According to a January 2018 memo by House Intelligence Committee Republicans on government surveillance practices, “Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations — an authorized disclosure of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, Mother Jones article.”
It’s not clear from the letter and the brief bit of transcript cited for what leak specifically Baker is being investigated. But the transcript does reference David Corn who works for Mother Jones. It also references Franklin Foer and Michael Isikoff. Corn wrote a book with Isikoff about Steele and met with Steele during the 2016 campaign. Corn also provided a copy of the dossier to Baker that he got from Steele.
Baker is also believed to have been involved in the decision to investigate President Donald Trump according to the New York Times.
Could there finally be some criminal action coming out of this?
One can only hope that there will be some justice served here.