Two members of the FBI have resigned suddenly, and the connection both have to former FBI director James Comey has some people on high alert. The top aides apparently worked side-by-side with Comey during the whole Hillary investigation/Trump firing era and are leaving for different reasons.
NY Times reports:
“One of them, James A. Baker, was one of Mr. Comey’s closest confidants. He served as the F.B.I.’s top lawyer until December when he was reassigned as the new director, Christopher A. Wray, began installing his own advisers. Mr. Baker had been investigated by the Justice Department on suspicion of sharing classified information with reporters. He has not been charged.”
“The other aide, Lisa Page, advised Mr. Comey while serving directly under his deputy, Andrew G. McCabe. She was assailed by conservatives after texts that she had exchanged with the agent overseeing the investigation into links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia were made public. In the messages, they expressed anti-Trump views but took aim at Hillary Clinton and other political figures as well.”
Careers are being ruined, and not careers that are easy to build. Becoming an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the highest law enforcement agency in the nation, is a goal that a very limited number of people will ever achieve in their lifetimes.
The president and most of the Republican party have begun personally targeting people whose politics they don’t approve of in the most ghastly ways, leading to forced resignations at the risk of losing everything.
The two resignations reportedly have nothing to do with one another and James Baker has even revealed his next career move. Writing.
He had this to say about the bureau:
“I love the F.B.I.. I have tremendous respect for the bureau — the F.B.I. was great, is great and will be great.”
Baker worker closely with Jim Comey after he announced the investigation into then presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, and he was a key player in the decision to not announce that Trump was not under investigation, as The Donald had requested after he was elected. Baker apparently foresaw the bureau’s future task of investigating the president’s Russian ties and urged Comey not to do it.
The Times said this about the role FBI Aide Page played in Comey’s Clinton investigation:
“Ms. Page advised F.B.I. leadership on one of Mr. Comey’s most consequential decisions in the investigation into Mrs. Clinton: his move to hold a news conference to announce that the bureau was recommending that she face no charges.”