FBI's Top Lawyer Wanted to Charge Hillary, But Was Talked Out of It

  • 02/21/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
FBI's Top Lawyer Wanted to Charge Hillary, But Was Talked Out of It
Since the beginning of the Trump administration, the FBI tried to portray the upper echelon of the Bureau as united behind fired Director James Comey's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private, unsecure email server. (The Hill)

Although in the end that may have been the case, we now are learning that Comey’s top lawyer, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, initially believed Clinton deserved to face criminal charges, but was talked out of it “pretty late in the process.”

The revelation is contained in testimony Baker gave to House investigators last year. His testimony has not been publicly released, but I was permitted to review a transcript.

During questioning by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Baker was unequivocal about his early view that Clinton should face criminal charges.

“I have reason to believe that you originally believed it was appropriate to charge Hillary Clinton with regard to violations of law — various laws, with regard to mishandling of classified information. Is that accurate?” Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, asked Baker.

Baker waited for his lawyer's permission to respond before simply saying "Yes."
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