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OCTOBER 5, 2018
The FBI and DOJ was contaminated. Former top FBI lawyer James Baker gave "explosive" closed-door testimony on Wednesday detailing for congressional investigators how the Russia probe was handled in an "abnormal fashion" reflecting "political bias," according to two Republican lawmakers present for the deposition. "Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News. "This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That's extremely troubling."
Meadows claimed the "abnormal" handling of the probe into alleged coordination between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign was "a reflection of inherent bias that seems to be evident in certain circles." The FBI agent who opened the Russia case, Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and others sent politically charged texts, and have since left the bureau. Baker, who had a closely working relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, left the bureau earlier this year.
The lawmakers would not provide many specifics
about the private transcribed interview, citing a confidentiality agreement
with Baker and his attorneys. However, they indicated in broad terms that
Baker was cooperative and forthcoming about the genesis of the Russia case
in 2016, and about the surveillance warrant application for Trump campaign
aide Carter Page in October 2016. Meadows and Jordan would not elaborate
on the source, or answer questions about whether the source was a reporter.
They did stress that the source who provided information to the FBIs Russia
case was not previously known to congressional investigators.