Russiagate ensnares FBI General Counsel James Baker
James Baker was approached by Perkins Coie attorney, Michael Sussmann, for a meeting in September 2016 regarding the Alfa Bank allegations. The lie told at that meeting -- that Sussmann wasn’t there on behalf of a client -- was at the core of the Dunham case.
Former FBI General Counsel James Baker remained “100 percent confident” that Sussmann had claimed, when providing Baker the Alfa Bank “intel,” that he was not there “on behalf of any particular client.” When Sussman handed Baker the countgerfeit Alfa Bank data, he was doing so as a concerned citizen, not on behalf of any client, when in fact Sussmann represented both the Clinton campaign and Rodney Joffe. .
Sussmann made the comments “pretty close to the beginning of the meeting,” Baker explained, noting it was “part of his introduction to the meeting.” Sussmann would go on to provide Baker with two thumb drives and several whitepapers, which Baker said Sussmann explained concerned “an apparent surreptitious communications channel between Alfa-Bank, which he described as being connected to the Kremlin in Russia, and some part of the Trump Organization in the U.S.”
First, Baker testified that he would not have taken the private meeting with Sussmann if he knew Sussmann was working on behalf of the Clinton team. Next, Baker explained he had “vouched” for Sussmann, telling top FBI counterintelligence agents that Sussmann was a serious lawyer “who could understand the importance and validity of the information,” based on his belief that Sussmann was acting as a concerned citizen.
Coupla notes -- there's no such thing in Washington, DC, as a "concerned citizen who doesn't represent anybody but myself," during a presidential election -- and nobody at the FBI ever asked who produced the Alfa Bank data, or why they did it.
Oh! -- and it didn't help the optics when Baker left the Justice Department and joined Brookings Institution, the liberal think tank where Igor Danchenko, the source of the Steele Dossier information, worked. For some, it seemed like not just friends, but “friends with benefits.”
And now, as Twitter's deputy counsel, Baker is up to his eyeballs in the censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop coverup. Baker gave Twitter it's cover story:
“[We] need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked. At this stage, however, it is reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that conclusion is warranted.”
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