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Top FBI lawyer Baker offers 'explosive' testimony on 'abnormal' handling of Russia probe

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posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:03 AM
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Top FBI lawyer Baker offers 'explosive' testimony on 'abnormal' handling of Russia probe into Trump campaign: lawmakers




Former top FBI lawyer James Baker gave "explosive" closed-door testimony on Wednesday detailing for congressional investigators how the Russia probe was handled in an "abnormal fashion" reflecting "political bias," according to two Republican lawmakers present for the deposition. "Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News. "This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That's extremely troubling." Meadows claimed the "abnormal" handling of the probe into alleged coordination between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign was "a reflection of inherent bias that seems to be evident in certain circles." The FBI agent who opened the Russia case, Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and others sent politically charged texts, and have since left the bureau.

Seems while all the SCOTUS hullabaloo was ongoing info from the investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign was still being gathered. With James Baker of all people.



The lawmakers would not provide many specifics about the private transcribed interview, citing a confidentiality agreement with Baker and his attorneys. However, they indicated in broad terms that Baker was cooperative and forthcoming about the genesis of the Russia case in 2016, and about the surveillance warrant application for Trump campaign aide Carter Page in October 2016.

Hmm....that pesky FISA warrant stuff ......



"During the time that the FBI was putting -- that DOJ and FBI were putting together the FISA (surveillance warrant) during the time prior to the election -- there was another source giving information directly to the FBI, which we found the source to be pretty explosive," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Meadows and Jordan would not elaborate on the source, or answer questions about whether the source was a reporter. They did stress that the source who provided information to the FBI’s Russia case was not previously known to congressional investigators.

a source NOT PREVIOUSLY KNOWN to investigators
that is very interesting


Baker is at the heart of surveillance abuse allegations, and his deposition lays the groundwork for next week's planned closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Baker, as the FBI's top lawyer, helped secure the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Page, as well as three subsequent renewals. Prior to the deposition, Republican investigators said they believed Baker could explain why information about the British ex-spy behind a salacious Trump-related dossier, Christopher Steele, and Steele’s apparent bias against then-candidate Trump, were withheld from the FISA court, and whether other exculpatory information was known to Rosenstein when he signed the final FISA renewal for Page in June 2017. Fox News asked Baker after the deposition about the handling of the Trump dossier, what he told Rosenstein about exculpatory evidence, and whether he is the subject of an FBI leak investigation. Baker told Fox News he could not answer such questions.

hmm I think Baker has been asked about this previously...
www.politico.com...
December of 2017....



House Republicans are investigating contact between the FBI's top lawyer and a Mother Jones reporter in the weeks before the left-leaning outlet broke the first news story about the existence of a disputed dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, according to two congressional GOP sources who described documents linking the two men.

and interesting note in that story....



Baker was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as counsel for Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI, who testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the panel's ongoing Russia probe. During the closed-door session, Republicans grilled McCabe about who at the department was authorized to talk to the media. One Republican at Tuesday's intelligence committee interview with McCabe laid out a "hypothetical" example of the FBI's general counsel meeting with a Mother Jones reporter. McCabe, according to a source familiar with the exchange, said such a meeting would be unauthorized, according to the source.

Baker was council for McCabe......
well now that is interesting...
From January of this year....
nypost.com...


Even worse, there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obama’s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.

Whoa
Did we forget about this?


It was in the office of Comey’s top deputy, Andrew McCabe, where agents discussed an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump won. Reports indicated that the Russia collusion probe was that insurance policy.

HMM more McCabe....



“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 . . .,” Strzok wrote.


If Baker has flipped things are about to heat up....




posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:10 AM
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I think he has. Why wouldn't he? The first rat to jump from a sinking ship can usually survive since he has time to swim away from the whirlpool once the ship goes under.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:12 AM
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a reply to: shooterbrody

He "flipped" a couple months ago. Baker is a KEY cooperating witness who knows a lot about SPYGATE.

AG Jeff Sessions met with his Special Prosecutor John Huber in Utah this week, and is delivering several important documents to the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon too.
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posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:13 AM
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What was done to our President...

Was a Conspiracy of the highest levels of government.

Can’t wait till swamp scum starts getting locked up.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:14 AM
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originally posted by: Fools
I think he has. Why wouldn't he? The first rat to jump from a sinking ship can usually survive since he has time to swim away from the whirlpool once the ship goes under.

I agree
I don't think he will be the last



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:15 AM
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a reply to: carewemust

He acted as McCabes council for cryin out loud.
This is big trouble for those in that circle.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:15 AM
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originally posted by: whyamIhere
What was done to our President...

Was a Conspiracy of the highest levels of government.

Can’t wait till swamp scum starts getting locked up.

I just hope the entire truth is exposed and given to the public



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:30 AM
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Does anyone know if Silly is OK?



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 11:31 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou

its the "busy season" with halloween and all, but chimed in yesterday dismayed at kavanaugh events



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 12:01 PM
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WAPO is even covering this....



President Trump’s closest congressional allies said Wednesday that a four-hour interview with former FBI general counsel James Baker had “fundamentally changed” their understanding of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, confirming and furthering their previous convictions that federal law enforcement agencies were biased in their scrutiny of President Trump’s campaign.

"Fundamentally changed" is pretty strong language.



Jordan told reporters that Baker informed them of a “completely new” and “explosive” source who provided information “directly” to the FBI “during the time that the DOJ and the FBI were putting together” an application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Completely new information at this point is interesting.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 02:28 PM
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You don't suppose this has anything to do with why the Democrats have completely lost their minds the last few weeks?



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 02:31 PM
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originally posted by: face23785
You don't suppose this has anything to do with why the Democrats have completely lost their minds the last few weeks?

You think perhaps some of this may end up in front of the SCOTUS?
Hmmm....



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 02:48 PM
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Silly is just waiting for the talking points to come in before the Shillstorm begins!


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posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 03:15 PM
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originally posted by: shooterbrody

originally posted by: face23785
You don't suppose this has anything to do with why the Democrats have completely lost their minds the last few weeks?

You think perhaps some of this may end up in front of the SCOTUS?
Hmmm....


No wonder they felt like this was worth throwing the midterms over.



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 05:53 PM
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www.realclearpolitics.com... real clear politics take on the matter it seems we are getting a few october surprises this year



posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 06:37 PM
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This is HUGE!

Don't know why this thread hasn't gotten more traffic.



A top lawyer working with the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News, citing new testimony.


That's Perkins Coie people.

Fusion GPS.

Thats the whole thing.

The entire Russia witch hunt was started by the Clinton and her sycophants.

The FBI needs to investigate




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