FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media

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Authored by Sara Carter via Circa.com,

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circa’s inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall "stepped up efforts on leak investigations."

Three sources, with knowledge of the investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked.

A federal law enforcement official with knowledge of ongoing internal investigations in the bureau told Circa, "the bureau is scouring for leakers and there's been a lot of investigations."

The revelation comes as the Trump administration has ramped up efforts to contain leaks both within the White House and within its own national security apparatus.

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. (https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/pressrel/press-releases/james-a.-baker-appointed-as-fbis-general-counsel).

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."

He is a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a lecturer at Harvard Law School.

FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation.

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FrozenGoodz's picture

To the few that will oppose this administration for the betterment of the American People ... we thank you


This calls for another rally!!

AllTimeWhys's picture

To the shills getting bills from Soros and the like who think we give a damn, keep  going. Annoying the crap out of people sure will turn the tide (like it did in the election)

Looney's picture


Yeah, but everybody keeps saying that they are “honest, apolitical, professionals”. Wha-da-fuh?  ;-)


Ghost of PartysOver's picture

They are as apolitical as I am.  The pressure cooker is starting to get real.  This is going to get very ugly.  It is truly a winner take all fight to the finish between the Deep State and Trump and his Deplorable s.  Really not seeing any way that either side can back down from this point.

BullyBearish's picture

efram zimbalist jr. the fbi is NOT...read "Terror Factory" to see what this agency has become...





macholatte's picture


Has Baker been given plenty of notice in advance so he could bleach all his hard drives and shred all paperwork?
Has he been relieved of duty?
Has his home address been published on FB and Twitter?
Have the names of his children and where they go to school been published on FB and Twitter?
Has his wife’s name and where she works been published on FB and Twitter?

Dog shit like this guy needs to be skinned alive as the half time show of the Super Bowl.

Ghost of Porky's picture

That huge mole on the side of his head  - It says "Use Nailgun Here".

SWRichmond's picture

has had a long and distinguished history within the intelligence community

Precisely what the f*** does that mean?

Yukon Cornholius's picture

He's a (((Harvard))) guy. Traitors by any other name.

Jim in MN's picture

Notre Dame originally.  More of the Jesuit stripe perhaps.  Plenty of them in the Bureau.

Jim in MN's picture

He was IN CHARGE OF the FBI's FISA spying section.  As in, go ahead and wave at your webcams/phones to say 'hi'.

armada's picture

Why is Trump Administration afraid of leakers? What are they hiding?

Government is for the people. We need to know EVERYTHING. Nothing's changed with Trump. http://bit.ly/2fhGqif

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

Is this the same james baker that hung out with mike pence at the super bowl?  I am now over my pity of trump.  He has surrounded himself with traitors and ostracized his true base.  He gets whats coming to him.  He really needs to get rid of everyone but maybe bannon and replace with christians.  My humble opinion.  His daughter and son in law should be on the first ship to israel and never be allowed back

Twaddlefree's picture

Contradiction. Yes, he's surrounded himself with traitors and uncouth mobsters. BUT, he has no comprehension of Christianity or any ideaology at all, so how would putting all Christians there change anything? He can't even take the time to study an individual's history before giving someone an insider position that ultimately causes HIM to be a traitor..i.e. his own daughter and son-in-law!

He is as pathetic a narcissist as Obama, but worse in that he has no self-discipline, nor a well-oiled machine working away in the back room as Obama had/has, and, most importantly, he has NO ideological compass nor even a basic grasp of the Constitution. He is a shoot-from-the-hip manipulator that hasn't yet fully understood that you can't run Washington the way he can run his businesses (by paying people to strongarm everyone else until he gets what he wants).

I voted against Hillary Clinton, but have never been a Trump supporter. I knew this was exactly how it was going to play out. Every day that this fool remains president, he turns what few friends he had in Congress and Washington to the deep blue state. Not only did I vote against Hillary Clinton, I voted FOR Mike Pence. It may not be long.

Jim in MN's picture

I know.  Georgetown is.  Still, try to play along.  It was patterned after and remains strongly influenced by Jesuit methods, and the personnel connections are myriad.

Or did you not know that?


tmosley's picture

It means that many pizzas and/or hot dogs have died by his hand.

DeadFred's picture

His bio screams out "Deep State Swamp Creature!"

SWRichmond's picture

Yes sir I believe you are correct

Never One Roach's picture

Did you mean he's a (((( Harvard))) gay?

Or guy?

Ex-Oligarch's picture

"he received the NSA’s Intelligence Under Law Award"




Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Who leaked about the leak investigation?

NoVa's picture

the dude looks like a political rat -


The Wizard's picture

"distinguished history within the intelligence community."

This means he did a stand up job protecting the government intel agencies from the American public they were spying on.

detached.amusement's picture

"distinguished history within the intelligence community."


simply means "Traitor to the American people"



fkn porky, use nailgun here....haaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha I reget that I have but one upvote to give that one, that's some choice comedy right there when you read something so damned funny you wish you came up with it.

devnickle's picture

He looks like a pole smoker to me. Typical leftie.

Never One Roach's picture

The thn goatee and his smirk---all sign of culpability.

Hang him!

...after a fair trial, of course.

JRobby's picture


No instructions to look up

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

I wouldn't count out some swamp creatures switching sides.  Isn't Nunes and Graham among others  really pissed about incidental surveillance and the leaks of communication intercepts.


Trump and his team are too stupid to beat the entrenched deep state.  But maybe this will have some surprising plot twists.

Kayman's picture

Villy Pareto

In this bare knuckle brawl, wittingly or not, Trump is outing the entrenched Deep State. Laid bare for eveyone to see are lifetime parasites, interested only in their personal grubstake, blinded by greed to the interests of the nation.

NidStyles's picture

If we were too stupid, then we wouldn't have open public conversations about said deep state. It's not like went around advertising their existence, we sussed them out.

Kayman's picture

After Comey was fired he stated he leaked via his pal "for various reasons"

Obviously "for various reasons" means the FBI media leaking apparatus wasn't readily available.

Obviously Hillary had "no intent" "for various reasons".

Weasel words from a Deep State weasel.


StackShinyStuff's picture

I think you are right.  Not a good place we find ourselves.


Lock the little prick up in Federal Fudgepacker Heaven. 

The_Juggernaut's picture

Harvard.  What a surprise.

Looney's picture


One of my relatives went to Harvard.

I’ve seen the metamorphosis – from a decent kid to a retarded snowflake. What a fucking shame!


randfan's picture

I'm sure you have seen a change in that he's actually making money while you're cleaning out horse stalls.  Keep shoveling that shit, dude. I'm sure the benefits are terrific and, hell, someone's gotta do it, might as well be you.

jcaz's picture

LOL- judging by your weak prose, I'm not feeling an actual Harvard education is at work for you here;

The only thing more pathetic than being a Harvard stooge is pretending to be a Harvard stooge......

redmudhooch's picture

Something tells me you probably have no money and probably have a shitty job.

NEOCON1's picture

Redmudtwait, still fingerbanging your sister at night?


Gawd - if you are gonna go all fucking rabid attack dog, at least do it with gusto, and je ne sais qua. 

That post had all the excitement of heating up used bath water, and calling it soup because you put a bit of pepper on top.

Go suck on a  snowflakes ass for air until you are inspired to vapidity again, please. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media

My response: Another OBAMA HOLDOVER!!! 

My advice: President TRUMP needs to assign his staff the following tasks:

1, Review personnel records looking for OBAMA appointments/approved hires. Also review empoyee assessments.

2. Meet with these people and determine whether or not they are patriots willing to uphold the US Constitution and obey US LAWS.

3. If the answer to #2 is no, then give them the boot.

4. Hire replacements who are qualified and willing to obey US Constitution and US Laws. (Preference is for non-muslims)

macholatte's picture


ALL Obama appointments and hold overs need to have sex reassignment surgery and then sent to Ice Station Zebra.


eatthebanksters's picture

I have a much simpler solution...you can't trust what they tell you so fire them all and replace them with a loyal staff.

11b40's picture

Bill Clinton fired all Federal Attorneys upon taking office, and put his oown people in......they didn't call him slick Willy for no reason.

Twaddlefree's picture

And W tried and got raked for it. The problem was, is and apparently always will be that the wimpy Republicans just can't find the cahones to stand up and speak out. They don't have to be crass and profane like Trump and his minions. They only need to be TRUTHFUL and plainspoken, telling the people how it is.