Former top FBI lawyer James Baker testified before Congress last fall where he reportedly confirmed there was an ongoing operation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and some FBI officials to take down President Trump.
Transcripts of the closed-door meeting of the joint committee on October 3, 2018 were made available on Tuesday, the Federalist reports.
James Baker’s newly released testimony confirmed what former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe previously said about national security officials strategizing to remove President Trump from office.https://t.co/1YW1HMExua
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Baker was questioned in a closed-door interview on his knowledge of the Christopher Steele dossier, classified information leaked to the media, and invoking the 25th Amendment against President Trump.
Baker’s testimony confirmed what former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe previously said about national security officials strategizing to remove President Trump from office. Baker said Rosenstein made a serious suggestion to wear a wire when near the president in order to collect evidence that the president obstructed the investigation on Russian collusion. Baker also said he suspected Rosenstein was acting in response to the firing of James Comey, and that he felt he had been “used” by the president in his justification for firing Comey.
According to the testimony transcripts, Baker confirmed at least two people were considering implementing the 25th Amendment to have Trump removed from office; “there were two members of the Cabinet who were willing to go down this road already.”
The Federalist also reports how the infamous Trump dossier (also referred to as the Steele dossier, after former British spy Christopher Steele who helped research it) was handed over to the FBI.
From the report:
When asked about his relationship with his “long-time friend” and journalist David Corn, chief of the Washington bureau for the far-left outlet Mother Jones, Baker said Corn gave him a “significant portion of the dossier” which he in turn gave to Bill Priestap, the head of FBI Counterintelligence.
“What I remember most clearly is that at some point in time David had part of what is now referred to as the Steele dossier and he talked to me about that and wanted to provide that to the FBI. And so, even though he was my friend, I was also an FBI official. He knew that. And so he wanted to somehow get that into the hands of the FBI…” Baker said. “I don’t remember specifically the date of these conversations, but I know that David was anxious to get this into the hands of FBI.”
Baker said he didn’t remember if Corn told him where he got the dossier from, but that he assumed it came from Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson.
“Sitting here today, I don’t remember him telling me that, where he got it,” he said. “My understanding at the time was that Simpson was going around Washington giving this out to a lot of different people and trying to elevate its profile.”
In addition, Baker answers how the FISA warrant for the FBI to tap Traump campaign associate Carter Page was approved without him ever viewing some of th supporting evidence for it.
“I have participated in one way or another in the review of 10,000 FISA applications, and I don’t think I ever read the Woods file contemporaneously with reading the application,” Baker said via the Federalist.
Baker was also asked by Republican Congressmen Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan whether he knew the dossier was funded in part by the Democrat National Committee.
“I know that I didn’t know all the facts with respect to the providence of this thing at the time of the FISA application,” Baker answered. “There were other things in that application that to me were alarming, as well.”
“I am not going to sit here and say that there wouldn’t have been probable cause or that there would have been probable cause without the dossier. I would have to go back and look at it again, but there were other activities of Mr. Page that were alarming to me that I thought certainly merited an investigation.”
The office of Republican Congressman Doug Collins released the full 152-page transcript, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Author: Lawrence Richard
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