“Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain,” Comey tweeted. “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.” This is the first time Comey has publicly defended specific individuals within the FBI that have been involved in personnel changes or have been caught up in controversy in the Mueller probe. [image via screengrab]
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 well for 25 years & deserves better. He is what we should all want our public servants to be.— James Comey (@Comey) December 23, 2017
Ever since former FBI Director James Comey made his existence on Twitter known, he had refrained from weighing in directly on matters involving the Justice Department since his firing last spring. Until now at least. It was reported this week that the FBI’s top lawyer James Baker was being “reassigned.” Baker headed the FBI’s Office of General Counsel for years, but will be removed from the post when the current FBI Director Christopher Wray finds his replacement. Baker insisted to colleagues that it had nothing to do with the recent controversies that have emerged in recent weeks involving the FBI and Robert Mueller‘s ongoing investigation. Well, Comey broke his silence and took to Twitter late Friday night.