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  Posted 10 May 2019 - 04:42 PM

Ex-Top FBI Lawyer James Baker Admits He is 'Nervous' About DOJ Inspector General

Washington Examiner
by Jerry Dunleavy
May 10, 2019 04:09 PM

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Former FBI General Counsel James Baker admitted on Friday that he is “nervous” about DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into the conduct of the DOJ and the FBI during the Trump-Russia probe.

Sitting down with with Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes in a crowded room at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Baker said he is “assuming that they will dig and find stuff” and that “we’ll try to sort it out and see what mistakes were made.” But Baker defended the FBI's actions, including its use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Horowitz’s investigation is particularly focused on alleged FISA abuse and the reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele in FISA applications targeting Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Steele’s dossier was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign through the Perkins Coie law firm and the opposition research group Fusion GPS. The investigation is expected to finish in May or June.

Wittes said that Baker “had expressed great confidence in the way you guys conducted yourselves, in the integrity of these fundamental judgments, in the opening with respect to two separate investigations and with the respect to the handling of this FISA application.” Wittes then asked Baker: “So, how nervous are you about the IG?”

Baker said he is “always nervous about the IG," adding that “they’re coming in after the fact to look at what we did." At the time, he said, the FBI was “trying to do it in real time and having the pressure to deal with these threats as they were coming.”

Baker contended that he was “confident in the judgments that I made at the time based on the information that I had available to me.” But he left open the possibility that others may have engaged in wrongdoing, saying, “I’m sure they will find things that I didn’t know at the time and maybe that others didn’t know at the time.”

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 05:04 PM

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As the event ended, Baker summed up his thoughts on all of these investigations. “Hindsight is 20/20,” he remarked.


Then he walked backwards off the stage with eyes on everyone in the room and listening for the cocking of pistols.
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:04 PM

View Postgravelrash, on 10 May 2019 - 05:04 PM, said:

Then he walked backwards off the stage with eyes on everyone in the room and listening for the cocking of pistols.


foresight is also 20/20 unless you need glasses to see. Anyone with integrity would have known that this was a cocked scheme from the beginning.
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:26 PM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 10 May 2019 - 07:04 PM, said:

foresight is also 20/20 unless you need glasses to see. Anyone with integrity would have known that this was a cocked scheme from the beginning.


Which excludes Robert Mueller.
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:42 PM

Good. I'm looking forward to Horowitz's report.
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