By Jon Dougherty
In what can only be construed as more evidence that the deep state rats who sold out their souls for Barack Obama’s “Spygate” plot are worried that their days of freedom are numbered, the former president’s onetime top lawyer at the FBI threw more people under the bus on Friday.
James Baker told told MSNBC‘s Chuck Todd that he was “concerned” about the legitimacy and veracity of the infamous “Steele Dossier” used to secure surveillance warrants against the 2016 Trump campaign when the bureau received it ahead of the election.
“It was more information that we viewed, that I viewed, skeptically from the outset, and I was concerned about it and had a jaundiced eye, or looked at it with a jaundiced eye right from the outset,” Baker said.
“Steele was and had been a source that we thought was reliable. He’s reporting all this information. It looks alarming. We took it seriously, but we tried to vet it,” Baker added.
We’ve long known, of course, that James Comey’s FBI represented the dossier to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court as legitimate intelligence, despite the fact that everyone knew it was a political research document paid for by Ma Hillary’s campaign.
So Baker’s mea culpa appears to not only be contrived but also wholly unbelievable, for to take him seriously would be to assume that he played the Lone Ranger and stood up to say, ‘We can’t use this’ — as the FBI’s top legal mind — but was overruled by politicos within the Obama regime (like Comey and CIA Director John Brennan…and Boss Obama himself).
Baker went onto tell told Todd that he believes the FISA warrants against Page would have been granted without the dossier (!!), but took an obvious pause when he was asked if the dossier was used to obtain FISA warrants on other people.
“I don’t think I should comment on that, I’m not sure what else the government has confirmed,” and adding “I don’t want to confirm or deny anything about other potential FISA applications.”
This, as Obama’s top intelligence officials and Comey have all begun pointing fingers at each other — additional signs that President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, and his bulldog corruption prosecutor John Durham are closing in on them.
Comey lashes out at Barr over Twitter.
Tom Fitton: It’s an interesting how Comey’s comments echo the Dems talking points attacking Barr; Just proven how the FBI Dir he was…politician.
Those who scream the loudest….
These people are really stupid.
End is near.
— 🇺🇸Patriot Wyn⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Wyn1745) May 18, 2019
Meanwhile, Baker told Lawfare‘s Benjamin Wittes days ago that he’s ‘nervous’ about the the ongoing investigation by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz into FBI/DOJ conduct surrounding the 2016 election.
Baker clearly said he wants to speak “as openly as I possibly can” about the beginning of the FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump – “to reassure the American people that it was done for lawful, legitimate reasons, and was apolitical,” the Washington Examiner‘s Jerry Dunleavy reported.
Good luck with that.
As for Barr, he told Fox News during a Friday interview that use of the dossier was a “very unusual situation,” especially one “that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejue analysis. And to use that to conduct counterintelligence against the American political campaign would be a strange development.”
And let’s be clear about one thing, shall we? The fact that Obama’s FBI and intelligence community were even spying on a rival political campaign in the first place is a “very unusual situation.” This one detail seems to get lost in any discussion of Spygate, Russia collusion, and any of the other nonsense that goes along with it.
Especially since it was Hillary’s campaign doing all of the colluding.
So, what’s up with Baker? What’s he trying to atone for?
We reported in January that he is likely the subject of a criminal leak investigation and is being looked at by none other than Durham:
House Republicans revealed in a letter Tuesday that former top FBI lawyer James Baker is under criminal investigation for alleged unauthorized leaks to the media.
According to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Mark Meadows (North Carolina) cited a transcript of a congressional interview with Baker, a former bureau general counsel, and his attorney last fall.
Herridge said that the investigation was conducted by “seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham.”
“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,” attorney Daniel Levin told lawmakers during questioning as resisted questions regarding his client’s conversations with reporters.
Jordan and Meadows sent their letter to Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, requesting further information regarding his investigation be provided them later this month.
And in October we reported that Baker had offered “explosive” testimony in which he detailed to congressional investigators how the Russia probe was done in an “abnormal fashion” that reflected “political bias.”
“Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told the network. “This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That’s extremely troubling.”
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