Comey: FBI lawyer’s ouster was a political move


Former FBI Director James Comey took to Twitter on Friday in his defense of the bureau’s recently reassigned top lawyer, suggesting the move was political.

“Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain,” Comey tweeted on Friday night. “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.”

Comey’s tweet comes one day after The Washington Post reported that Baker was “being reassigned,” as FBI director Christopher A. Wray was working to select his own team of senior advisers amid “accusations of politicization within the bureau.”

The newspaper reported that Baker “had been caught up in a strange interagency dispute that led to a leak probe and attracted the attention of senior lawmakers” but the issue “had not played a part in Baker’s reassignment.”

On Friday evening, Politico published a story saying House Republicans were interested in Baker’s contacts with liberal reporter David Corn, from Mother Jones, in the weeks prior to the 2016 election. Corn was the first to report the existence of the now-debunked dossier that includes outrageous unverified allegations about Trump’s connections with Russia.

Corn denied that Baker was his source for that story, but he did reply to Comey’s tweet defending Baker by saying: “Jim has lost hours of sleep working to protect this country–and that means you & your family. He deserves gratitude.”

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