It’s taken half a year, but it appears the leakers that have plagued Donald Trump’s presidency so far are finally being rooted out.
Circa News reports that the US Department of Justice is investigating FBI General Counsel James A. Baker for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the press.
The government will not yet comment on the report, but says an announcement about the leak investigation is coming “soon.” If Baker is indeed responsible, what exactly he leaked is still not known.
Baker is a close confidant of former FBI Director James Comey, and recent media reports suggested he was reportedly advising the then-FBI director on legal matters following private meetings the former director had in February with President Trump in the Oval Office.
Baker was appointed to the FBI’s general counsel by Comey in 2014 and has had a long and distinguished history within the intelligence community.
After working as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice during the 1990s, he joined the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review In 1996, according to his FBI bio.
In 2006 Baker received the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in counter-terrorism—the CIA’s highest counter-terrorism award, according to his biography. During Baker’s long and distinguished career he received the “NSA’s Intelligence Under Law Award; the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal; and DOJ’s highest award— the Edmund J. Randolph Award.”
It’s too soon for to say with certainty that Baker is one of the leakers we’re looking for. But if he is, here’s hoping he’s the first of many purged from the administration and brought to justice.
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