Six Degrees from James Baker: A Familiar Figure Reemerges With the Release of the Twitter Files

Below is my column in the New York Post on the reemergence of James Baker, the former FBI general counsel, at the center of the Twitter suppression scandal.

Here is the column:

As thousands of Twitter documents are released on the company’s infamous censorship program, much has been confirmed about the use of back channels by Biden and Democratic officials to silence critics on the social media platform. However, one familiar name immediately popped out in the first batch of documents released through journalist Matt Taibbi: James Baker. For many, James Baker is fast becoming the Kevin Bacon of the Russian collusion scandals.

Baker has been featured repeatedly in the Russian investigations launched by the Justice Department, including the hoax involving the Russian Alfa Bank. When Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann wanted to plant the bizarre false claim of a secret communications channel between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, Baker was his go-to, speed-dial contact. (Baker would later testify at Sussmann’s trial). Baker’s name also appeared prominently in controversies related to the other Russian-related FBI allegations against Trump. He was effectively forced out due to his role and reportedly found himself under criminal investigation. He became a defender of the Russian investigations despite findings of biased and even criminal conduct. He was also a frequent target of Donald Trump on social media, including Twitter. Baker responded with public criticism of Trump for his “false narratives.”

After leaving the FBI, Twitter seemed eager to hire Baker as deputy general counsel. Ironically, Baker soon became involved in another alleged back channel with a presidential campaign. This time it was Twitter that maintained the non-public channels with the Biden campaign (and later the White House). Baker soon weighed in with the same signature bias that characterized the Russian investigations.

Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post ran an explosive story about a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden that contained emails and records detailing a multimillion dollar influence peddling operation by the Biden family. Not only was Joe Biden’s son Hunter and brother James involved in deals with an array of dubious foreign figures, but Joe Biden was referenced as the possible recipient of funds from these deals.

The Bidens had long been accused of influence peddling, nepotism, and other forms of corruption. Moreover, the campaign was not denying that the laptop was Hunter Biden’s and key emails could be confirmed from the other parties involved. However, at the request of the “Biden team” and Democratic operatives, Twitter moved to block the story. It even suspended those who tried to share the allegations with others, including the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was suspended for linking to the scandal.

Even inside Twitter, the move raised serious concerns over the company serving as a censor for the Biden campaign. Global Comms Brandon Borrman who asked if  the company could “truthfully claim that this is part of the policy” for barring posts and suspending users.

Baker quickly jumped in to support the censorship and said that “it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been [hacked] and that caution is warranted.”

Keep in mind that there was never any evidence that this material was hacked. Moreover, there was no evidence of Russian involvement in the laptop. Indeed, U.S. intelligence quickly rejected the Russian disinformation claim.

However, Baker insisted that there was a “reasonable” assumption that Russians were behind another major scandal. Faced with a major scandal implicating a Joe Biden in the corrupt selling of access to foreign figures (including some with foreign intelligence associations), Baker’s natural default was to kill the story and stop others from sharing the allegations.

The released documents may show why Twitter was so eager to hire Baker despite his role in the Russian collusion controversies. What likely would have been a liability for most companies seemed an actual draw for Twitter. For censors and political operatives in Twitter, Baker likely seemed like a “made man” for a company committed to systemic censorship. He would be working with the chief legal officer at the company, Vijaya Gadde, who functioned as the company’s chief censor.  Gadde was widely reviled by free speech advocates for her dismissal of free speech principles and open political bias.

Not unexpectedly, Gadde and Baker would play prominent roles in the suppression of the Hunter Biden scandal. There was hardly a need to round up “the usual suspects” in the suppression scandal when Musk took over the company. Both lawyers swatted down internal misgivings to bury a story that could well have made the difference in the close 2020 election.

It is striking how many of the figures and institutions involved in Russian collusion claims are within six degrees of James Baker. Not only did Baker work closely with fired FBI director James Comey and other key figures at the Justice Department, but he was an acquaintance of key Clinton figures like Sussmann who pushed the false collusion allegations. He was also hired by Brookings Institution, which also has a curious Bacon-like role in the origins and development of the false Russian collusion allegations.

None of these means that Baker was the driving force of the scandals. To the contrary, Baker earned his bones in Washington as a facilitator, a reliable ally when it came to the business of the Beltway. It is hardly a surprise that Baker found a home at Twitter where “caution” was always “warranted” in dealing with potentially damaging stories for Democratic interests.

326 thoughts on “Six Degrees from James Baker: A Familiar Figure Reemerges With the Release of the Twitter Files”

  1. Pro-Tip: If you run an intelligence agency cutout organization masquerading as a publicly-traded company, someone could buy it out from underneath you and publish your secrets. Oh damn.

    1. Thank you SO much for publishing the lawsuit’s title, I was able to find it. These two lawsuits have received ZERO attention from the press. I needed that bit of news today.

  2. The FBI connection is key point. FBI had the laptop. Baker certainly knew they had it and also knew it wasn’t bogus. They could have corroborated or at least have been asked to by a journalist if any are left.

    He need to be put on a stand and what he knew and when did he know it. He’s another jailbird in the waiting.

    1. Put on the stand by either the parent branch of the corrupt FBI, the DOJ, or the equally corrupt Congress whose reigning members, including Senate GOP leader wants Trump and his followers to be booted?

    2. Article II, Section 4:

      The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

      The Constitution gives Congress the authority to impeach and remove the President,1 Vice President, and all federal civil officers for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.2 This tool was inherited from English practice, in which Parliament impeached and convicted ministers and favorites of the Crown in a struggle to rein in the Crown’s power.

      Congress’s power of impeachment is an important check on the Executive and Judicial Branches, recognized by the Framers as a crucial tool for holding government officers accountable for violations of the law and abuses of power.3 Congress has most notably employed the impeachment tool against the President and federal judges, but all federal civil officers are subject to removal by impeachment.4 The Senate has also concluded (by majority vote) on various occasions that an official impeached while in office remains subject to trial, conviction, and imposition of the penalty of disqualification even after he or she leaves office.5 The practice of impeachment makes clear, however, that Members of Congress are not civil officers subject to impeachment and removal.6

      While judicial precedents inform the effective substantive meaning of various provisions of the Constitution, impeachment is at bottom a unique political process largely unchecked by the judiciary. While the meaning of treason and bribery is relatively clear, the scope of high crimes and misdemeanors lacks a formal definition and has been fleshed out over time, in a manner perhaps analogous to the common law, through the practice of impeachments in the United States Congress.

      7 The type of behavior that qualifies as impeachable conduct, and the circumstances in which impeachment is an appropriate remedy for such actions, are thus determined by, among other things, competing political interests, changing institutional relationships among the three branches of government, and legislators’ interaction with and accountability to the public.8 The weight of historical practice, rather than judicial precedent, is thus central to understanding the nature of impeachment in the United States.

      1. Very well said . I agree in all except , handcuffs , I want to see them all exiting in cuffs & allow Trump to close them ! I so tired of liars , I HATE liars & MY OWN DAMN GOV ? Of hells nope

  3. Obama was one of the greatest presidents of our time. All this garbage spew’n from a bunch of far-right clowns on here holds little to no clout and cannot take away from the fact that this is true and so many others feel the same.

    1. You should give up. It just turned out the files handed to Tiabbi were passing through and being censored by James Baker himself. Elon just found out and sacked his criminal Ass

    2. Give up pal, Elon just found out the files sent to the Journalist to release were passing through Bakers hands and being scrubbed of all references to the FBI. Elon sacked him. Dems are done

    3. Obama wasn’t even born in america, he is the worse thing to ever happen to our country, HRC was supposed to win and thank god she didn’t but they figured out how to install Biden and they are back to business as usual, destroying our country

        1. Why hasn’t anyone seen Obama’s birth certificate? A certificate of live birth is not a certified government document. That is why people are questioning still.

          1. Why hasn’t anyone seen the alien bodies at Area 51? Some aliens can shape-shift and look like ordinary office furniture. That’s why some people are questioning still.

            1. Nonsense. People didn’t like Obama because he is a leftist. Now he is very rich, from his only job that doesn’t pay enough to become rich. You figure it.out, if you can be objective.

            2. Hey, can you share how you read other peoples minds like that? I would like to know what others really mean when they say one thing and mean another. That is such a neat trick to be able to know what someone else “really” means.

            3. Ain’t got nothing to do with Obama’s skin color. It’s got to do with the (lack) of content of his character. Sadly, the woke cult has gotten many to believe that any criticism of any member of liberal-privilege groups is “racism”, etc.

            4. How does one continue on the path of “black” man when his mother is white. How does one reconcile the hatred of white people when they are half white?
              When people accept that people are people and not a pawn in the race baiting, then the world will be more peaceful.

            5. That’s not what they’re saying at all. They’re talking about corruption… and treason. Get your head out of the racist clouds and listen, for once… you might learn something.

        2. It does NOT matter if he was born in the White House. His FATHER was NEVER a US citizen, and therefore he’s NOT A NATURAL BORN citizen. Study Blacks Law Library, and it has been this way always even in other nations. It’s so sad that millions of people here did not study civics!

          1. Citiznship in the US is jus soli, in most of the rest of the world it is not.
            You can not compare.

          2. You are correct Judith, but of course all those who support the new anything goes and many traitors inside the gates just can’t bring themselves to admit the obvious truth. There was even one of our long past President’s where this was a big controversy and his Dad was the problem – he claimed his Dad was a full citizen at the time of his birth but it was disputed and guess what – the house burned down “by accident” and “all the pertinent papers were lost”. So we know for a fact what the original Constitution meant since we have a long historic outline in a Presidency, before all the liars and spinners could make their worthless statements of “belief” to the contrary.

          3. It absolutely matters. Our laws say that you MUST be a natural born citizen of THIS country and MUST be at least 35 years of age plus other requirements. Stop pushing lies on lazy people who you know, or at least hope, won’t know or take the time to even look it up.

        3. Let say Barry was born in the US. When he went school in Indonesia his paperwork said he was a citizen of Indonesia? They do not have dual citizenship. He either renounced his citizenship or was not one at all.

        4. He was referring to Obama being born in Kenya, to a Kenyan National, who his mother flew to Kenya to be with. He then attended an Islamic school in indonesia from ages 6-10, and only then, at age 10 was he sent to live with his Communist Grandparents in Hawaii, and mentored by Frank Davis, another avowed Communist. He had a Kenyan birth certificate, and never had an American one. The one that was finally produced having been proven a forgery many times over.

      1. Obama was born in America. Fact. When you believe everything Trump lied about it shows you can’t think for yourself nor do you fact check any information & undermines anything you say. Or are you afraid of the truth that corruption lives & thrives in theRepublican Party.

        1. It doesn’t matter if he was born here. He’s NOT a natural born citizen, as his father was NEVER a US citizen. A natural born child MUST be a child of TWO CITIZEN PARENTS, per our constitution, and requirements set forth to be President!

          1. False, just because the left is bat$hit crazy does not mean the rest of us should follow.
            If you were born on US soil you are a ntural born citizen – that includes in a US embasy or consulate or military base.
            as well as foriegn hospitals when you are serving the US in a foreign country.

            Whatever the problems you may not like from this.
            The alternative is worse.

            1. LOL, you have no idea what you’re talking about. What amazes me is the absolute arrogance and the theft of other nations citizens the average US blowhard believes in. Why do you want to steal other nations children so badly ? I’m not asking for a response, I’m saying you need to examine your position of theft.

              1. Do you have an honest argument ?

                Rather than ad hominem try an argument.

                Children belong to parents, not nations.

                Theft requires taking something, not driving something that come to you away.

                We can discuss immigration – I do not think anyone is happy with the willful disregard of existing immigration laws.

                But if you are going to take positions that appear disconnected from facts, you had better be prepared to defend them.

                Insults is typically the tactic of the left – I am not gathering that is you.

      2. You got it right, most people won’t say anything of the truth about him, or your called racist. I’m not racist and he was one of worst presidents.

      3. Elon Musk wasn’t even born in America. His electric cars are part of the Communist Chinese Party’s war against the American fossil fuel industry.

      4. IF Obama wasn’t born in the United States, doesn’t the fact his mother is American make him an American citizen regardless?

    4. I’m swallowing the throw up in my mouth from the “Obama was the greatest president comment “

      1. Anyone read “The Amateur”? The real story of Barry Sotero and his White House cronies, especially Valerie Jarrett. Scary people. Barry made us the laughing stock of the world and to this day remains an arrogant, treasonous prick in my opinion. That’s how I feel about it and I’m sticking to it.

    5. There was nothing great about Obama. He was the racist in chief of our Nation, he actively promoted it, supports it, and spews it. He was a failure as a president.

    6. Events proves how corrupt the Ivy leaguers can be, all talk and no ethics. And in all cases only goal power.

    7. Obama was the greatest president between 2009 and 2016. The narcissist won’t rank above any other year.

      1. Obama was busy with other wars destroying other nations like Lybia, now a slave trade nation again thanks to mr racist Obama himself. So no, he couldn’t extend the war front with all the other wars he had started already.

    8. Obama was 2nd worst to Biden. If not the worst because he was articulate and caniving with his division of the country. Biden is just a moron that has been carried his whole career until it was his turn to be the puppet. I hope you do some research and grow as a person to see the larger picture and hunt for some truth.

    9. What friggin planet are you on?? Obama and Biden are both trying to destroy America and turn it into the Commie states. If Obama is the best you think its a sad day because he has done NOTHING goid and all of his and Biden’s administrations need put in prison for treason.

    10. History will uncover the truth about Obama. Stop slaying the right – if it weren’t for them uncovering these conspiracies as truth, you would already “own nothing and be happy”!!!

    11. Nope. Obama is responsible for sparking renewed racial tensions across the country. It began with the Trevor Martin killing in 2012 in Florida, followed by the Michael Brown shooting in 2014 in Ferguson. Instead of tempering racial strife over the incidents, Obama did his best to incite and stoke the flames of racial division with ignorant, racist comments — and continues the same kind of racial BS to this very day.

      In addition, his one “claim to fame,”pseudo socialized health care, did nothing but make health insurance premiums skyrocket for virtually every hard working middle class American.

      So, other than divide our country anlong racial lines and take a lot more money out of everyone’s pockets, what did he do that “made him a great president?” I’ll wait…..

    12. In all honesty, what exactly is it that you believe Obama did that makes him one of the greatest presidents.

    13. Are you kidding he had to know about the Clinton dealings with the Russian Scandal. Plus, he had to know of Bidens and his sons deals. Just because he’s a black man doesn’t axcuse him.

    14. Reasonable minds can differ as some folks who are reasonable enough believe that Obama was the great divider. To some it appeared as if he had an unreasonable hatred for the country that allowed him with little effort on his part to become its leader for eight years. He had zero public service experience when the Chicago machine anointed him as the U.S. senator from Illinois. He had less experience than Teddy Kennedy, another fortunate recipient of democratic machine politics. Oh, I know, you will point to his years as a “public organizer” which is the modern term for a precinct boss. It has never ceased to amaze me at the quality of the folk who are elected to what is the second highest office in the United States. Instead of electing men of principle and high morales, we constantly seem to elect the scum of the earth. The adage Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely seems to me to have been drafted in talking about the U.S, Senate. They stay in office long past their prime. You only need look at the U.S. senator from California to see the result of staying in office well past the “Best By” date.

    15. You have to be a full auto, belt fed regressive progressive neo-communist Soviet Democrat Marxist Useful Idiot to hope normal Americans will believe the sophomoric lie that Obama was a great president.

      The only intelligent thing Obama ever did was abandon his mulatto heritage by renouncing his white privilege so he play a po’ black chil’ as a politician.

      This poisonous mad Marxist clown was the divider in chief: if there was no racism, he went out and created it.

    16. Regan was truly one of the greatest presidents of our time, Obama was at best a footnote for being very well spoken and half black. One need only compare the unification of Germany, the defeat of the Soviet Union, vs.”Obamacare” as to whose accomplishments were more significant. Thee Soviet Union is still dismantled and health care costs actually rose rather than decreased as promised.

    17. Straight up evidence, your response: “garbage”.

      Clearly, due to the metrics, we can concur obama was as much of a garbage as his new found friend, george bush, and as much of a war criminal as well.

    18. Oh, look at the shiny black prezzie. Pay no attention to the pike of dog poop directly behind the curtain.

    19. Oh, he was the greatest but not in the way you mean. No, beside the clintons, I would say he was Satan incarnate. A traitor to say the least.

    20. Yeah right…hahahaha Obama was one of our most far left bozos of all times. He is still using Biden as a puppet and look where we are. It’s people like you who will bring down this country. I have voted for more democrats in my 80 years than I have republicans. But never again….Democrats are nothing less that communists that block free speech and rights. How’s all that inflation and censorship working out for you?

  4. Turley is sure milking this “scandal” as much as possible. Adding more characters to the narrative and essentially creating political drama purely for the consumption of his gullible readers heavily invested in conspiracy theories and bunk.

    The release of the files showed nothing new. It pointed out that even Taibbi didn’t see any evidence that the government was ordering twitter or Facebook to censor stories or “evidence” of corruption or influence peddling.

    What it did show was that the FBI was warning social media about possible Russian “hack and leaks” being disseminated prior to the election. At the time nobody knew for sure if the claims were true or not. Hindsight is always going to be 20/20. What the files do expose is that twitter had a difficult decision to make and they had policies in place at the time that they did adhere to. Nothing they did was illegal or a deliberate attempt to help a campaign “win the election”. They had reason to believe it was a genuine and serious issue. At the time it was believed Russia was attempting to influence the election by doing what they did in 2016.

    The allegations of influence peddling and “corruption” against Biden are just that. Allegations. Mere influence peddling is not illegal or a crime. Turley knows this, but he paddles that “scandal” so he can keep his readership numbers up and is playing to the Fox News narrative that there is something sinister going on without a shred of evidence.

    1. Hahaha…your comment almost made me spew coffee from my nose, it’s so obtuse.

      The best tweet of all time.👇

      “When I was 17 my friends called me Donald Trump. When obama was 17 they called him Barry Soweto”
      ~~Donald Trump

      1. Well said Rock!! Only a liberal idiot could elaborate on the legality of influence at the VP level not having any bearing on results of monetary reward for those involved. Svelaz is an idiot


        Let Treason come to justice, and let us send a very loud message to everyone else, including Svelaz.

        1. People like Baker in politics always seem to go Scott free. WHY, ?? Look at Clinton, she should have paid for the video scandal, NO, plus, men died because of her negligences.Never forget the American Embassy and the men that failed to get help, from our government,Clinton’s department. The Russia scandal she plotted against a rival politician,Mr. Trump, has never been brought to a court.WHY???

          1. Just about every major political disaster or intrigue in the US in my lifetime features Hillary in some way.

            There was a “fake” tweet from Bill Clinton on twitter recently.

            Announcing that he had covid, and that if he was “epsteined” he did not kill himself.

    2. Once again Svelaz says that everybody already knew that Twitter was censoring with the excuse of preventing disinformation. Why then didn’t Svelaz warn us that it was happening considering what he knew? Why didn’t Svelaz tell us that only those on the right were being censored? Why didn’t Svelaz tell us that the Steele Dossier was not confirmed information? His excuse for the censoring of the laptop story was that it was not confirmed but he had no such concern for the confirmation of the nefarious dossier before it was splashed across the news. Now he says everybody knew. Why you might ask? It’s because he is who he is.

    3. I suggest you learn how to process information. If you think for one second that the Biden administration is on the up and up, you are a completely corrupted individual. Wake up fool. Biden was illegally put into office and anyone with one brain cell knows this. Biden was installed for one reason and one reason only. TO DESTROY AMERICA AND EVERYTHING IT STANDS FOR.

      1. I actually think that Joe Biden is there to be the deep state’s fall guy. The Obama administration is running the country with Obummer at the helm. Joe does exactly what they tell him to do. If he can remember to.

    4. What it did show was that the FBI was warning social media about possible Russian “hack and leaks” being disseminated prior to the election.

      And that, in and of its self is the lie. The violation of free speeach. The FBI had the hard drive for 10 months by that time and knew there was zero ethat was identified as Russia disinformation.

      1. Unless Biden & Company have used foreign trusts, we should only need to follow the money paper trail. If they used foreign trusts we should still follow the paper trail even though it will take a little longer and be more difficult. Eventually enough pressure should make the proper discoveries and compliment Articles of Treason. Spread the news on Twitter.

    5. The government may not ASK others to infringe on first amendment rights.

      “What it did show was that the FBI was warning social media about possible Russian “hack and leaks” being disseminated prior to the election. At the time nobody knew for sure if the claims were true or not. Hindsight is always going to be 20/20.”

      The FBI had the harddrives since 2019. They were aware of the contents and had plenty of time to authenticate them.

      It knew or shoudl have know, that they were authentic, not russian disinformation.
      It also knew they were not hacked – – though that does not matter at all.

      As the NY Times reporter said when he received Trump’s tax returns anonymously.

      The SOURCE of the information does not matter, What matters is whether the information is authentic.
      Truth is truth.

    6. Svelaz – we are way past allegations.

      While you constantly get the law regarding “obstruction” wrong.

      Evidence of people trying to hide the truth is admissible in a trial. Efforts to hide the truth are evidence that the truth exposes wrong doing.

      It is true at this time that it is NOT established that Biden is a criminal. Though there is far far far more than necescary to require an investigation.

      But it is proven beyond any doubt at all that Biden is corrupt, immoral, and a liar.

      It is ALSO proven beyond any doubt that YOU, the DNC, Democrats, social media, and the media are corrupt, immoral, liars.

      There is no reason to beleive ANY ONE YOU about anything.

        1. The twitter files are simultaneously a yawn and incredibly consequential.

          They are ho hum – because by now most of the country beleived that all of what is being exposed was true.
          Almost no one – except the few idiots who are still pretending the laptop is “Russian disinfomation” was unaware of this.

          But at the same time – there is a huge difference.

          Yesterday this was all beleived, today it is PROVEN

          The left, democrats, the Biden campaign, the DNC, the Media and the rest of social media conspired to
          To supresss the Truth,
          To silence those trying to spread the truth
          to defraud voters

          The very people who wrap themselves in democracy as a religion are exposed by this as anti-democracy fascists.
          Voters are not to be permitted to know the truth – they might not vote the right way.

          There are some arguing that this would not have made a difference – that is false. We know otherwise.
          Regardless, The left, democrats, the DNC, the Biden campaign all BELEIVED this would cost them the election.
          There is no reason to do all the immoral things they did, if as they now claim it would not matter.
          Of course it mattered.

          falsus in unum, falsus in Omnibus.

          Further if all these peopel were prepared to engage in this form of election fraud – why should we beleive them when they say they did not engage in other forms ?

          Why should we beleive these people about anything ?

    7. “Adding more characters to the narrative and essentially creating political drama purely for the consumption of his gullible readers heavily invested in conspiracy theories and bunk.”

      The Biden campaign, congressional democrats, the DNC, Social Media and most of the MSM cooperated together to suppress a true story, and to silence anyone who tried to speak the truth.

      Lets see – Biden campaign, congressional democrats, the DNC, Social Media and most of the MSM
      Definitely a conspiracy. Not even a tiny bit theoretical. not at all bunk.

      Collusion delusion, witch hunt, spying, not a theory, real conspiracy.

      Stolen 2020 election – not a theory, real conspiracy.

      Chinese election interference 2022 – not a theory.

      Biden family political corruption – not a theory.

      Massive politically biased censorship of conservatives and libertariains on social media – real conspiracy, not a theory.

    8. Yes the parrots from the WH are always scurrying cloak and dagger in the under belly of the beast.

    9. What a joke your comments are. You sound like you work for the DNC! So you’re saying in October of 2020 that nobody knew if the claims of Hunter Biden laptop were true or Russian disinformation!!! You have to be a complete moron to believe that!! I’ll tell you who knew it was true. The FBI knew it was true, they had that hard drive for a year before the NY Post got the story. Thank God the computer repairman made an extra copy of the hard drive, because the FBI would have buried this information in the Potomac. And it’s funny that Baker was involved in the fake Russian collusion scandal that was front and center for well over 3 years. Twitter and the liberal media had no problem running with that fake story and suppressing the true laptop story. That’s why the liberal media is done. They did it to themselves. Nobody trusts anything they say. CNN, MSNBC, and all the liberal newspapers are on life support. And Twitter will be the organization that pulls the plug.

    10. I recall seeing an email that specifically stated the Biden team suggest they look into twitter posts.

    11. “Russia was attempting to influence the election by doing what they did in 2016.” What did they do? Oh yes, they RECEIVED BLAME for meddling in the election, tipping it to Trump, which later was proved a lie or a fantasy at best.

      1. I have a theory. I think the DNC and or Democratic Party attempted to rig the election in Clintons favor and it failed. That’s why she couldn’t accept it that night. They had to come back with a Russia planting votes, they new the FBI was in the process of the allegation of collusion with Trump and Russia, done byHilary Clinton and others. Just a thought.

        1. I think the Democratic Party attempted to rig the 2016 election as well. However, they didn’t skew the results to a high enough denominator because they totally underestimated the amount of votes Trump received. They failed to recognize just how unpopular HRC was in the eyes of Americans, making getting to the polls a priority and a first time for many.

    12. Did you know the FBI had Hunters laptop for over a year and laptop was verified?
      Did you know Biden, Hunter & James Biden made millions? How? Good question, perhaps this is why Biden won’t allow drilling in America but begs for oil in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Same earth atmosphere
      Who owns Biden?
      Destroying America is what China, Ukraine want.
      They own Biden. Just step out of your bubble and read.
      Do NOT listen to ANY news. READ!!! Everything, not just written by one party. Venture out. Read!!!

    13. The New York Post researched it.
      Biden never denied it.
      “Russia” was a leftist charade the entire time, to sway gullible people like you.
      Biden was on the take. Period.

    14. Yes, “they” sure had reason to think that “it”(a Russian disinfo campaign) might be true. “They” had 100% access to all Trump/Giuliani comms, NY Post comms, etc. Yeah, what could be wrong with that? And you think they were “guessing” there may be a Hunter Biden data dump in 10/2020….
      My Lord, you must just think all Americans are as dumb as you… idiot

    15. The FBI had the laptop! They knew it wasn’t Russian disinformation ! They had it in their grubby hands!

    16. So where do you get your information. It doesn’t add up to what has been brought to the light of day. It was clear to most of us that twitter was committing a cover up of the truth. Now your tying to do the same, sway the people away from the truth about Baker, Well, we know to many facts now .I feel sorry for you, if you truly believe all you stated.

    17. Are you really trying to push that the files showed no collusion with the government, Jie Biden, the White House, democratic operatives, the FBI and the DOJ? You are delusional! Before you call me a far right GOP extremist, I was raised Democrat my whole life! I’m 60. I just happen to have a brain and can think for myself!!! I’m disgusted and embarrassed by Democrats!! They don’t exist anymore!!! They are all socialist communists that can’t think for themselves and want everything handed to them!! I will be voting Republican for the rest of my life!!!

    18. Hey Svelaz, I have some ocean front property in Death Valley that I would like to sell you at a very reasonable price.

  5. Dear Prof Turley,

    Is justice delayed, justice denied?

    In any case, I have little confidence the incoming GOP House ‘leadership’ will ‘authenticate or verify’ the contents of The Laptop. Anytime soon. That’s the media’s job*.

    The FBI confiscated The Laptop in Oct. 2019 and, according to ‘officials familiar with these matters’, continues to ‘probe that question.’

    Update: Shop owner Mac Issac has recently offered to provide the FBI with a ‘fresh copy’ of the hard drive in case the FBI lost the one they have.

    *It’s rewind time .. .

  6. Is B Barr guilty of not enforcing the law?, yes,, he was handed an indictment but would not prosecute the FBI individual, McCabe, Rosenstein, Baker or anyone else knowing they committed a Federal crime,

    1. I do not recall any indictments. Please provide those ?

      I am bothered that no prosecutions of anyone involved in the collusion delusion occurred.
      Obviously the actions of all these people were immorally and politically corrupt.

      But I do not see how they were criminal. The strongest criminal claim is a criminal violation of civil rights.
      Given that the courts shot down Pages efforts to allege a non-criminal violation I do not see such a claim getting out of the starting gate.

      And no matter what this ends up with DC judges and DC juries.

      1. Any United Sates Attorney worth his weight could easily make a Bill of Particulars or Articles of Treason at best and at worst for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, etc. We only need someone who is willing to stand.

        1. Just because democrats make crimes out of thin air does not mean that the rest of us should repeat that mistake.

          Treason is defined in th constitution – specifically because our founders did not want treason being politically weaponized.

          Conspiracy is not a crime. It is a claim of organized structure for an underlying crime.

          Defrauding the united states is the kind of idiotic nonsense that left wing nuts are pushing re the 2020 election and J6.

          I am not looking to insult you – it is frustrating that the overwhelming majority of obvious provable corruption by democrats is NOT criminal.

          What Musk exposed is simultaneously two things.
          First it is a yawn. There is almost nothing Musk has revealed that more than half the country did not already know to an incredibly high degree of certainty.
          But it is also radical at the same time. There is no burglary or ordinary criminal act, but in every other way what is exposed is watergate on steroids. It is PROOF of massive moral corruption in order to deceive voters and win an election.

          It should not be possible in this country – or any free country, but it did happen and it was legal.

          There are some grounds for lawsuits – those banned have what should be an excellent torts claim of third party contract interference and violation of civil rights against the DNC and Biden campaign.

          But the HUGE takeaway is that unarguably democrats CHEATED in 2020. Everything that is legal is not moral.
          And this conduct was legal but massively immoral.

          This SHOULD obliterate any trust by all moral people of democrats, of the left, of the media, of our institutions.

          1. It’s legal to deceive the people by our government!! That sounds corrupt and criminal to me. If so, we need laws that protect the people from media and government that use this tactic against us for their gain. I’m surprised our forefather didn’t add this in our constitution. We have to do so soon..

            1. Actually a crime was committed, the deception from the government and media Was the biggest reason President Trump didn’t get elected. Isn’t This considered defamation of character, when a person can show a loss of income due to false allegations.?? I’m just an old lady, but something just doesn’t seem right with all this horrific lies and deception that hurt a nation. We need better laws against this crap.

  7. FLASHBACK: 16% of Biden voters would have voted differently if Hunter Biden laptop story was not suppressed by media, big tech

  8. None of these people are under RICO investigations and should be. The FBI, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, all Corporate Media for how they acted and are acting. Added in this should be the DNC and Biden. The issue is this will never happen as we have seen with J6 there are too many corrupt Judges and corruption in the Federal Government. The 2020 election was stolen as was the 2022 midterms. If there is no change and fix the country will get worse and it is not doing good at all now.

    1. So many people are still being deceived by the media. And government We are now living in a divided country. Due to corruption of the immoral media and government. I’m so distressed about what the next 2yrs. Will bring. Im quite old and have never seen so much open corruption without due process. I used to vote democratic then independent now I’m now republican, that looks at each candidate throughly , or as much as media allows. Our country is in real trouble in so many ways.

  9. The scariest part of this entire scandal is that the government has now merged with big tech and the legacy media. They can all claim that the actual government wasn’t behind the 1st amendment breech because it was happening in the government’s tentacles rather than from the body. It’s creepy and unprecedented in our nation’s history.

  10. While FBI General Cousel James Baker was irrefutably involved in seditious FBI election interference dating back to 2016 associated with milking the Russia-Collusion cow dry while knowing it was a DNC/Clinton-concocted HOAX, and while blame for the 2020 censorship travesty is being placed on Baker and an assortment of people working at various levels of social media and government, there’s a curious absence of blame being aimed at then-Attorney General Bill Barr, under whose DOJ the entire FBI worked while Baker was supervising the FBI’s 2020 election interference.

    After all, one must remember that it’s not as if people didn’t point out to Barr that some pretty-wildly-illegal stuff was happening WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING.

    Barr spent a great deal of his time as AG in the Trump administration giving speeches to religious and police organizations, while clearly not devoting nearly enough time to his JOB, which should have included investigating what the heck was going on at the FBI in the aftermath of the Russia Colllusion Hoax and what might be transpiring in the run up to the Fake election of 2020, which Barr REFUSED to investigate before it happened AND after it happened. Instead, Barr allowed all of this seditious nonsense to happen while he ridiculously pronounced the 20202 election as being free of fraud, which is an unsupported claim that Barr continues to assert to this day.

    Where’s the article about Bill Barr and his grotesque dereliction of duty (at the very least) or (more likely) active conninvance that allowed all of this to happen right under his former-lawyer-for-the-CIA nose?

    1. Excellent reminder about Bill Barr, hole-and-corner operative extraordinaire. During his entire term and suppressed significant and apparently valid information that could damage Democratic interests. Not only that, he didn’t fulfill his promise to evaluate the information he was suppressing. The Rudy Guiliani and Chanel Rion/OANN investigation of Ukraine/ Biden corruption was professionally done and provided a mountain of evidence to support indictments. Barr didn’t made no comment on it but instead said he would turn it over to a diligent FBI team located in an abandoned coal mining town in Pennsylvania for validation. Nothing was ever heard about it again.

      Barr also claimed that he saw no evidence of interference in the 2020 election. He never claimed to have looked for any, so like the famous three monkeys, Barr saw no evidence, heard no evidence and spoke no evidence of electoral interference. Technically correct but contemptible.

    2. I agree, what was up with him. Even Trump wonder why he wasn’t doing his job. They weren’t getting along as far as media put out. He was not only derelict, but he sacrificed his honor and name for WHAT! There had to be something stopping him from investigating the case, that makes me wonder.

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