Former FBI general counsel James Baker testified under oath that top officials really did plan to secretly tape President Donald Trump, well-placed sources tell John Solomon, a conservative contributor to political news outlet The Hill. The incident is said to prove how far the tentacles of the deep state reach into the bureau.
Multiple sources, “directly familiar with the congressional investigation,” relate the whole thing was an engineered setup. “As far as Baker was concerned, this was a real plan being discussed. It was no laughing matter for the FBI.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have brushed off the suggestion as a “joke,” but what Baker told Congress paints a bolder picture.
One meeting in particular stands out, “in which at least some senior FBI officials thought it within their purview to try to capture the president on tape,” Solomon writes, “and then go to the president’s own Cabinet secretaries, hoping to persuade the senior leaders of the administration to remove the president from power.”
Some say the meeting may have been an attempt to recruit Rosenstein into the ongoing conspiracy. The “new kid on the block” had just been surprised to learn that a memo he wrote critical of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey had been used as the basis to fire him, so the timing would be perfect.
As stated in the New York Times, “Mr. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job. He had begun overseeing the Russia investigation and played a key role in the president’s dismissal of Mr. Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.”
From what Rosenstein has publicly stated, after the Times recently tried to out him as the ringleader of the plot, there are those who defend his plausible explanation, “I took it as a joke,” as ringing true. That is his official story and he’s sticking with it. He gets to tell it to Congress on Thursday.
If his new boss had taken that meeting as an opportunity to carefully broach the subject, delicate because it was illegal, attorney Rosenstein would have chosen his words carefully in reply. Flatly refusing to play along would make him an instant threat to the conspiracy and he would likely lose his job, or worse.
Hypothetically, one could imagine him saying something along the lines of, “I will assume that what I am hearing from you is a joke, because if I thought for a moment you were serious, I would be ethically required to turn my superiors in for suspected treason.”
Rosenstein insists he “never gave an order to carry out” anything along those lines and “does not believe Trump should be removed from office.”
Rosenstein finally had an opportunity to sit down with President Trump face to face and explain his side of the story. President Trump seems happy with what he had to say and Rosenstein remains on the job, performing his regular duties.
Regarding former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, though, Baker had some choice words for Congress. Solomon’s sources inform him that McCabe was “dead serious” about the plan to wear a wire around President Trump to get him dragged from office.
According to the sources, “Baker told lawmakers he wasn’t in the meeting that McCabe had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in which the subject came up. But he did have firsthand conversations with McCabe and the FBI lawyer assigned to McCabe, Lisa Page, about the issue.”
Lisa Page and her adulterous lover Peter Strzok, who was a high ranking FBI investigator with obvious pro-Clinton bias, exchanged thousands of text messages where they discussed ways of thwarting Trump in the election, then getting rid of him once he was elected.
One day, Strzok, Page, and McCabe, cooked up “an insurance policy” in “Andy’s office” to “stop” Trump should he do the unthinkable and actually win the election.
Solomon writes, “That insurance policy increasingly looks like an unverified dossier created by British intelligence operative Christopher Steele – a Trump hater himself – that was bought and paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign through their mutual law firm.”
“You walk away from the Baker interview with little doubt that the FBI leadership in that 2016-17 time-frame saw itself as far more than a neutral investigative agency,” one knowledgeable source declares.
Baker clearly described how the FBI and Department of Justice were used “as a force to stop Trump’s election before it happened and then maybe reversing it after the election was over.”
The sources “also confirm Baker admitted he received a version of Steele’s dossier from left-leaning reporter David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, and then forwarded it to Strzok’s team. Corn says that occurred in November 2016, right after the election.”
That exchange, and the timing of when it occurred, are important for a couple of reasons.
Baker had been used to facilitate a back door arrangement so Corn could supply Steele sourced information to the FBI after “Steele had just been fired from the FBI probe for leaking to the media.” Steele had been forbidden to work with the Russia probe in any way.
Even worse, as Solomon reports, “the FBI was using the news media as an investigative source outside the normal chain of evidence.”
What they appear to have been doing, was take unverified material from the Steele dossier and feed it to reporters or officials with intelligence credibility.
That way, they were able to use the news reports and interview reports with the officials, including Bruce Ohr, who’s wife worked for Fusion GPS, to “prove” Steele’s claims enough to get a wire tap warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, then renew it three times.