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FBI general counsel Baker thought Clinton should be charged


Sara CarterFormer FBI General Counsel James Baker originally believed Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of highly classified information was “alarming” and “appalling.” At the time, he believed her use of a private server to send the classified emails was sufficient enough to secure an indictment to possibly charge her for violations under the Espionage Act, for mishandling sensitive government documents.

Baker held onto that belief until shortly before his former boss FBI Director James Comey made the public announcement not to charge Clinton on July 5, 2017. He said he changed his position only after arguing and discussing the situation over a period of time with senior colleagues at the bureau, to include Comey. Comey, however, had already written an early draft in May, exonerating Clinton and changing “grossly negligent,” a legal term for mishandling classified information to “extremely careless,” according to drafts obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017.

In other words, Comey lied about why he was declining to present the case to the DOJ. He said it was because no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. His own general counsel, Baker, clearly disagreed.

This entry was published Fri Feb 22 07:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-02-20 13:23:38.0. [Tweet]

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