Former FBI general counsel James Baker weighs in on Steele dossier
Former FBI general counsel James Baker admitted this week that he and other officials were “quite worried” that the disgraced former FBI Director James Comey was seemingly blackmailing then-President-elect Donald Trump with the Steele dossier which contained salacious allegations.
Baker said in Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery that he and others were concerned about Comey briefing Trump on January 6 on Russia’s interference on the election and the dubious dossier.
“We were quite worried about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch,” Baker said.
Baker said that he recalled the Bureau taking the dossier “seriously” and said that they were “obligated to deal with it.”
He also added that they did not accept the dossier “as gospel.”
He also said that he believed Trump needed to be briefed on the dossier because it was “about to be disclosed to the press.”
The former FBI lawyer described why he disagreed with Comey over whether to tell Trump that he wasn’t the subject of the Russia investigation.
Baker sais that the then-president-elect’s activities “fell into the category” of being a subject and he didn’t think it was “accurate” to say otherwise.
But Comey repeatedly told Trump that he was not under investigation before he was fired in May 2017.
Bakker added he supported an investigation that is looking into how the Russian probe started.
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“I welcome scrutiny,” Baker said.
“I plan to fully cooperate with the department to help them figure out what happened.
Because I believe what happened was lawful, at least based on every piece of information that I have.”
Earlier this week, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called Comey a ‘partisan pundit’ for his public criticisms of the Justice Department’s approach to the investigation into collusion between Trump and Russia.
Rosenstein was delivering a speech to business and civic leaders in Baltimore and described writing the memo that was used by President Donald Trump to warrant Comey’s removal back in May 2017.
Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to head the Russia probe after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
Rosenstein justified his actions against Comey, who said that the former deputy attorney general’s soul had been ‘eaten’ by Trump.