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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:43 pm 
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Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain. James Baker, who is stepping down as FBI General Counsel, served our country incredibly well for 25 years & deserves better. He is what we should all want our public servants to be.
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The questions I had upon reading the Opening Tweet was, Which James Baker? Who's the Republican scum? What did this Baker do? What did the scum do?

I think this must be what the Tweet is taking about.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 148514daef

I got that sorted out. Boo Hiss Hiss! Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Circa News.


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The questions I had upon reading the Opening Tweet was, Which James Baker? Who's the Republican scum? What did this Baker do? What did the scum do?

I think this must be what the Tweet is taking about.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 148514daef

I got that sorted out. Boo Hiss Hiss! Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Circa News.



I an going to make a blind guess here. I bet he is related to the James Baker we all know and love.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:18 am 
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Baker is a fairly common surname in the U.S.

AFAICT, this FBI agent is not in any way related to the former Sec. of State under Bush Sr.

But yeah, lately, Trump has taken to Tweeting hate at him, and Andrew McCabe.

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As usual, glen is fine with Trump destroying all our institutions.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:40 am 
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Tweets are nice but stories give whole context. ;)

'Anyone can be attacked for partisan gain': Comey issues rare statement in defense of top FBI lawyer
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/1 ... /23315979/

Former FBI director James Comey publicly defended James Baker, a top lawyer at the FBI who was recently reassigned to a different role under FBI director Christopher Wray.

It was the first time Comey weighed in on the FBI's activities since his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, one month after he was fired.
Though it's normal practice for a new FBI director to bring in their own general counsel, some observers questioned the timing of Baker's reassignment, which comes as Republicans are pressuring the bureau to get rid of officials perceived as biased against President Donald Trump.

Former FBI director James Comey issued a rare statement of a political nature on Friday night, following reports that FBI general counsel James Baker had been reassigned within the bureau.

"Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain," Comey tweeted. "James Baker, who is stepping down as FBI General Counsel, served our country incredibly well for 25 years & deserves better. He is what we should all want our public servants to be."

Since making his Twitter presence publicly known in recent months, Comey been coy with his political statements, tweeting out quotes about justice and the rule of law, typically after developments in the Russia investigation or after President Donald Trump attacks the FBI and the free press.

His tweet on Friday defending Baker was the first time Comey directly weighed in on the FBI's activities since his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, one month after Trump fired him.

The Washington Post first reported on FBI director Christopher Wray's decision to move Baker, and Politico reported afterward, citing House Republican sources, that Baker was in contact with Mother Jones reporter David Corn leading up to the 2016 election. Corn first reported on the existence of the bombshell Steele dossier, which alleges several ties between Trump and Russian entities, in late October 2016.

"I'm not going to discuss my sources," Corn said in a statement to Politico. "But in order to prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information, I will say that James Baker was not my source for this story."

Former US attorney Joyce Vance told MSNBC on Friday that there are any number of reasons why the FBI's top lawyer would be in touch with a reporter.

House Republicans are now investigating Baker's contacts with Corn. In addition to Comey, Politico's report drew scrutiny from others who criticized the outlet for citing congressional GOP sources who could not confirm that Baker had passed Corn information about the dossier.

Susan Hennessey, the former general counsel at the National Security Agency, accused Politico of running an "utterly transparent smear" against Baker "without offering even the smallest context or pushback." And Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, who writes mainly about national security and is a close friend of Comey's, said on Twitter that it was "irresponsible" for Politico to publish unverified claims about Baker despite Corn's denial that Baker was not his source.

It is normal practice for a new FBI director to bring in his own general counsel, as Comey did with Baker, Vance told MSNBC. But the timing of Baker's reassignment was questioned by some who wondered whether the move was Wray's response to Republican pressure to rid the bureau's ranks of officials perceived as partisan or biased against Trump.

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So: let's summarize:
a) Trump is attacking Baker for something that may be totally bogus. (He didn't "give" Corn the dossier.)
b) Because of his and other Republican attacks, it looks like Baker is being reassigned from FBI general counsel - unfairly and unnecessarily.

b) looks like the travesty.

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I an going to make a blind guess here. I bet he is related to the James Baker we all know and love.


No friends of mine are particularly in love with your James Baker.

But why him? Why not:

Chet
Josephine
Ginger
LaVern
Dusty
Stanley
Carroll
Home Run

I'm going to guess that you don't give a shit in Trump's "Make America White Again" hat that this James Baker has had a giant shit taken on him by your hero Republicans.

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