‘There was no attempted coup’: FBI’s former top lawyer defends Russia probe

Sep 2012
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Stupid and stubborn are not a good combination … and tRump has them both to extreme degrees.

‘There was no attempted coup’: FBI’s former top lawyer defends Russia probe
Former top FBI lawyer James Baker offered a robust defense Friday of the bureau’s investigation into President Trump and his 2016 campaign, taking aim at Trump’s allegation that the inquiry was tantamount to a coup and describing how he sought to ensure agents’ work was on solid legal footing.

“There was no attempted coup,” Baker said bluntly. “There was no way in hell that I was going to allow some coup or coup attempt to take place on my watch.”

The comments, which came at a taping of the Lawfare podcast in front of a live audience at the Brookings Institution, were Baker’s first public remarks on the investigation that would eventually be taken over by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Baker had addressed questions about the probe previously only in private sessions with congressional committees, though transcripts of those comments were later released.

Baker, who was interviewed by Lawfare editor in chief Ben Wittes, said he was motivated to talk because he “just became sick of all the BS that is said about the origins of the investigation,” and he wanted to “reassure the American people that it was done for lawful, legitimate reason.”

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Former FBI lawyer hits back at critics of Russia investigation origins

Trump repeats claims of 'coup' attempt after former FBI lawyer knocks them down
President Donald Trump on Monday repeated unsubstantiated claims that efforts by law enforcement to investigate the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia were part of a "coup."

The president's tweeted reference to a "coup" -- short for "coup d'etat," the French phrase for a government overthrow -- elevates claims from conservative voices including Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton and pro-Trump commentator Dan Bongino.

The president also attacked the FBI as having "no leadership," an insult aimed at FBI Director Chris Wray, whom Trump nominated to replace former FBI Director James Comey. Wray testified before Congress last week that he wouldn't use the word "spying" to describe the bureau's investigative activity.

Trump retweeted a claim that Wray was "trying to protect the same gang."

Wray's comments stood in contrast to Attorney General William Barr's, who told Congress in April that he thought "spying did occur." Barr also said he wasn't suggesting that it "wasn’t adequately predicated," but that he needed to "explore" that.

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I am frightened we're losing our constitutional republic. Essentially, y'all are insisting there be no check on the executive branch. (As long as a Republican is in that office.)
Investigations and probes go both ways.

Y'all are not insisting that only Repubs are deserving...

Are ya?

Good to spread things around...
 
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Investigations and probes go both ways.

Y'all are not insisting that only Repubs are deserving...

Are ya?

Good to spread things around...
It shouldn't be a tit for tat thing. There are legitimate reasons for investigating Trump. The IG has been investigating the investigation. The right isn't even waiting for his conclusions before starting another investigation of the investigation.
 
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