The U.S. Department of Justice has purportedly opened a criminal investigation targeting FBI General Counsel James A. Baker for allegedly leaking classified information to the media, according to a new report by Circa. The report cites “multiple government officials close to the probe,” but does not identify them.
Baker is also a “close confidant” of former FBI Director James Comey, the report added.
FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty would not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.
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This comes as Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would soon be making an announcement regarding the progress of leak investigations. A DOJ official declined to comment on Circa’s inquiry into Baker but did say, the planned announcement by Sessions is part of the overall “stepped up efforts on leak investigations.”
Three sources, with knowledge of the investigation, told Circa that Baker is the top suspect in an ongoing leak investigation, but Circa has not been able to confirm the details of what national security information or material was allegedly leaked.
A federal law enforcement official with knowledge of ongoing internal investigations in the bureau told Circa, “the bureau is scouring for leakers and there's been a lot of investigations.”
President Donald Trump and the White House have recently made it a priority to hunt down the leakers within the administration.
White House Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci said on Thursday that the leaking has gotten so bad that the leakers “would have been hung 150 years ago.”
Scaramucci also fired a staffer, assistant press secretary Michael Short, just days into his new job and insinuated that he might have been leaking information.
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