In testimony to Congress, a top FBI lawyer admitted to arguing with former FBI Director James Comey that charges should have been filed against Hillary Clinton for mishandling of classified information.
“Up until the end,” former FBI general counsel James Baker and others had argued over whether charges were merited.
“The nature and scope of the classified information that, to me, initially, when I looked at it, I thought these folks should know that this stuff is classified, that it was alarming when they were talking about, especially some of the most highly classified stuff,” Baker told lawmakers.
While Baker testified that he was ultimately persuaded “pretty late in the process” to not recommend charges, his story paints a stark counterpoint to the FBI’s presentation of a united front in its investigation of Clinton’s classified emails.
Complicating the matter is the fact that Baker himself is currently under investigation for allegedly leaking information regarding the Clinton Foundation to the media. While that investigation may harm Baker’s public credibility, it also helps to create a narrative of him as a whistleblower fighting the corrupt Clintons and their friends until someone finally got to him.
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