In testimony before Congress last week that Rep. Mark Meadows described as “explosive,” former top FBI lawyer James Baker admitted that Trump/Russia investigators met with a Democratic National Committee law firm during the election – the same law firm that funded the infamous Steele Dossier upon which the FBI based their entire flimsy investigation into the Trump campaign.
This testimony was startling enough, but it turns out that’s not all Baker said when he met with lawmakers last week. According to Fox News, Baker also shed light on reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wanted to wear a wire around the president and had tried to recruit administration officials in an attempt to oust Trump using the 25th Amendment. He’d heard the stories as well, and the accounts he heard at the time did not match up to the story coming out of the Justice Department today.
From Fox News:
Former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker told congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition last week that then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page came to Baker “contemporaneously” after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Baker said Page and McCabe relayed details of the meeting where Rosenstein made the comments.
Though he wasn’t personally in that meeting, Baker told congressional investigators he took McCabe and Page’s account “seriously,” the sources said. Further, Baker told congressional investigators he suspected “Rosenstein was coordinating with two people in the administration to invoke the 25th Amendment,” a source said.
Baker, whose testimony was described as deliberate and sober, added he had not done a legal analysis and was unsure whether it was “unethical or illegal,” the source added.
News of Baker’s testimony comes a day after Rosenstein flew from Washington to Orlando on Air Force One, where the deputy attorney general and the president apparently came to terms that would allow Rosenstein to stay on for the foreseeable future. Trump sounded more optimistic about the DOJ’s integrity regarding the Russia investigation than he has in a long time; either he believes that Rosenstein has Mueller on a short leash, or he knows that the special counsel has come up with nothing to prove collusion (or obstruction, for that matter).
Either way, Trump signaled that we might be nearing the end of this farce, which would be welcome news.