Rosenstein was making a joke in response to a request from McCabe to investigate Trump over his firing of Comey. The report touched off intense speculation….
- Former FBI General Counsel James Baker shared “explosive” information with Congress last week, according to Republicans.
- Sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation that Baker discussed his interactions with Mother Jones reporter David Corn as well as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
- Baker said McCabe told him that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire in meetings with President Donald Trump.
Daily Caller: Former FBI General Counsel James Baker told Congress in “explosive” testimony about his interactions with a Mother Jones reporter just after the 2016 election as well as a conversation he had last year with then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe regarding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Baker recently told lawmakers that David Corn, a reporter at the liberal Mother Jones, provided him a copy of the Steele dossier a day after President Donald Trump’s election win, sources familiar with Baker’s testimony told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Baker, who resigned from office in May, also told lawmakers that McCabe and his general counsel, Lisa Page, told him in May 2017 that Rosenstein made remarks about wearing a wire during meetings with Trump. Baker’s testimony seems to bolster a Sept. 21 report from The New York Times that cited memos McCabe wrote just after a meeting with Rosenstein in May 2017, shortly after James Comey was fired as FBI director.
The Justice Department has disputed the story, saying that Rosenstein was making a joke in response to a request from McCabe to investigate Trump over his firing of Comey. The report touched off intense speculation about his job status. He reportedly offered to resign following the report, but the White House rejected the proposal.
Baker told Congress that McCabe and Page took Rosenstein’s remarks seriously. Sources familiar with his testimony said Baker testified that he was not certain whether Rosenstein’s remarks, if said in earnest, were unethical or illegal.
The revelation comes as Rosenstein is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a group of the same lawmakers who interviewed Baker. Members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform committees have created a task force aimed at investigating the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the Trump-Russia probe as well as the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Republicans on the task force have been heavily critical of Rosenstein amid a battle over documents related to the Russia probe. But some GOP lawmakers held their fire on him following The Times report, noting that McCabe had a vested interest in undermining Rosenstein and Trump. Trump said he has no plans to fire Rosenstein after the two met on Air Force One Monday.
The Justice Department declined to comment on Baker’s testimony regarding Rosenstein. Baker, who is now visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, did not respond to a request for comment.
GOP Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of both congressional committees, previously called Baker’s Oct. 3 testimony “explosive.”
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