David Corn, the Mother Jones reporter linked to FBI general counsel James Baker, has declared that the bureau official is just “a fellow I know.”
In what proved to be a bombshell report from Politico, documents show that Baker had close ties with Corn, the reporter who first broke news about the existence of the discredited Trump dossier during the presidential campaign.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 24, 2017
Appearing in the very friendly confines of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Corn said Saturday that while he has a relationship with Baker, who was reassigned, the FBI lawyer wasn’t the source for his article.
“He’s a fellow I know,” Corn said. “He’s a social acquaintance, and I do have contact with him.”
But Corn was adamant that he told Politico that Baker was not his source for the story on the dossier, which would lead to the investigation into Russian collusion.
“I gave a statement to Politico, and I said James Baker was not my source for this,” he said.
“And even so, Politico puts out this story,” Corn added. “And now the Republicans are trying to investigate this link between Baker and me to sort of indicate that the FBI was playing games with the memo rather than looking at it…as a piece of information that deserved evaluation.”
The Mother Jones reporter came to the FBI’s defense, saying the Politico story is part of a “smear” campaign to discredit the dossier and the Trump collusion investigation.
“They’re trying to show that the FBI was out there to basically get Trump and by circulating these memos to reporters such as myself, and they focused on Jim Baker who was the general counsel of the FBI,” Corn said.
Disgraced former FBI director James Comey, who admitted to leaking information on President Trump to The New York Times through a friend, also came to the defense of his long-time associate.
Comey tweeted: “Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain.”
Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain. James Baker, who is stepping down as FBI General Counsel, served our country incredibly well for 25 years & deserves better. He is what we should all want our public servants to be.
— James Comey (@Comey) December 23, 2017
The tweet prompted a gushy response from Corn, who clearly has a strong affinity for the bureau under Comey’s leadership.
“This is so true. Jim has lost hours of sleep working to protect this country — and that means you & your family. He deserves gratitude,” Corn tweeted.
This is so true. Jim has lost hours of sleep working to protect this country–and that means you & your family. He deserves gratitude. https://t.co/avw5N1VjSI
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 23, 2017
Comey’s tweet also prompted this reply from former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson:
“FBI insiders told me months ago Baker was under investigation for some time for alleged leaks and other issues and they expected him to leave or be ousted. He was cut out of a lot of matters in recent months.”
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