Rep. Mark Meadows spoke to Fox News on Wednesday, telling the cable outlet that former FBI lawyer James Baker had just delivered testimony about the Bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign that shed new light on what can only now be termed a partisan misuse of federal power.
“Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature,” said Meadows. “This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That’s extremely troubling.”
Fox News could not get congressional investigators to expand specifically on what Baker shared with lawmakers in the closed-door testimony, but The Hill’s John Solomon said his sources were willing to elaborate off the record. Solomon reported that Baker admitted that FBI investigators were meeting with Perkins Coie lawyers in the closing days of the 2016 campaign.
For those who can’t keep track of all this insanity, Perkins Coie is the law firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to act as a go-between with Fusion GPS, the opposition research company behind the infamous Steel Dossier. If Baker indeed admitted to this, it shows that the FBI was working hand in hand with an arm of the Clinton campaign while ostensibly running an “objective” investigation into Trump/Russia collusion.
“During the time that the FBI was putting — that DOJ and FBI were putting together the FISA (surveillance warrant) during the time prior to the election — there was another source giving information directly to the FBI, which we found the source to be pretty explosive,” Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News.
Jordan’s remarks fit in with Solomon’s reporting; a lawyer from Perkins Coie would certainly qualify as a “pretty explosive” source of information for the FBI to rely on.
It’s worth noting that Baker is central to the FBI’s early investigation into the Trump campaign. As the Bureau’s top lawyer, he was instrumental in helping James Comey, Peter Strzok, and other chief investigators obtain a controversial FISA warrant against Carter Page, a campaign advisor. The FBI used the Steele Dossier as their primary evidence against Page in order to secure the warrant, a move that has come under harsh criticism in light of that document’s political pedigree. If the FBI was cozying up to Perkins Coie at the time, it makes it that much more difficult to believe that they viewed the dossier as credible evidence against Donald Trump.