This evening Circa has a HUGE breaking story that could have a huge impact on the ongoing work of several investigations.
It seems that the Justice Department may be zeroing in on FBI General Counsel James Baker for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media.
Multiple government officials have confirmed the story with Circa, though all have done so on the condition of anonymity.
Baker is a confidante and close friend of the recently fired FBI Director James Comey, and is thought to have been quietly advising Comey on his dealings with President Trump.
FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty said the bureau would not comment on Baker and would not confirm or deny any investigation.
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.”
The revelation comes as the Trump administration has ramped up efforts to contain leaks both within the White House and within its own national security apparatus.
Baker was named to his current job by his buddy Comey, but he has had a long and distinguished career working with our intelligence agencies so it’s sad to see his career likely coming to such an ignominious end.
(Though it’s hard to feel bad for anyone who was helping Comey undermine President Trump.)
Journalist Sara Carter explained what it all means on Fox News Thursday evening: