The Deep Twitter State? Former FBI General Counsel Fired at Twitter

Below is my column on Fox.com on the firing of former FBI General Counsel James Baker at Twitter. The move by Elon Musk is raising serious questions of whether he has faced a type of “deep state” problem within his own company obstructing his efforts to restore transparency and free speech values to Twitter.

Here is the column:

On Tuesday, Elon Musk surprised many by firing former FBI General Counsel James Baker as legal counsel for Twitter. For many of us, the most surprising thing was that Baker was still at Twitter.  I had assumed that Baker had left the company with Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s former chief legal officer who was the key figure behind the company’s notorious censorship system. I cannot imagine a less compatible figure to remain at the company to implement the new transparency and free speech policies of Musk.  What was equally surprising was to see one of my columns referenced in the story.

Yesterday, I was returning from a hearing in Richmond when my phone seemed to explode. It appears that Musk announced the firing as part of an exchange with journalist Matt Taibbi on my recent column, “Six Degrees from James Baker: A Familiar Figure Emerges With the Release of Twitter Files.”

Musk was responding to Matt Taibbi tweeting on the Sunday column. He posted “In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today.”

 

Taibbi later added details that seemed to confirm the fears of figures like the New York Post’s Miranda Devine, who has played a major role in exposing the Hunter Biden scandal.  Devine immediately noted on Fox News that the release strangely did not include emails on known meetings with the FBI on censoring information. She speculated that someone was holding back information. There was also a curious delay in the release of material that Musk said would be forthcoming.

Taibbi explained: “On Friday, the first installment of the Twitter files was published here. We expected to publish more over the weekend. Many wondered why there was a delay.”

Musk then removed any doubt about what “exited” meant for Baker:  “On Tuesday, Twitter Deputy General Counsel (and former FBI General Counsel) Jim Baker was fired.. Among the reasons? Vetting the first batch of “Twitter Files” – without knowledge of new management.”

Musk added that Baker’s explanation for delaying the release of materials was “unconvincing.”

The tweets were an ironic twist given Baker’s controversial career. Conservatives often cite Baker as part of a “deep state” committed to opposing former President Donald Trump and working closely with Democratic interests.  Now he is accused of essentially being part of a deep state at Twitter sabotaging or obstructing efforts of Musk to release information.

Taibbi added that journalist Bari Weiss (who like Taibbi is helping in the release and analysis of the material) was shocked by the conduct. Taibbi quoted Weiss as saying “My jaw hit the floor.” 

As I discussed earlier, Baker was a controversial figure at the FBI and was forced out after James Comey was fired as director. Twitter seemed eager to hire him. Later few of us were surprised to learn that he then became an advocate for censoring the Hunter Biden story or that the cry of “Russians” seemed to justify extreme measures.

Twitter’s ex-safety chief, Yoel Roth, said the decision was a “mistake” but the story “set off every single one of my finely tuned APT28 hack and leak campaign alarm bells.” The reference to the APT28 Russian disinformation operation dovetailed with false claims of former U.S. intelligence officers that the laptop was “classic disinformation.”

The Russian disinformation claim was never particularly credible. The Biden campaign never denied the laptop was Hunter Biden’s; it left that to its media allies. Moreover, recipients of key emails could confirm those communications, and U.S. intelligence quickly rejected the Russian disinformation claim.

Still, there were a few Twitter executives who expressed unease with censoring the story, including former global communications VP Brandon Borrman, who asked, “Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?” Baker jumped in to support censorship and said, “It’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been [hacked] and that caution is warranted.”

There was no evidence the Post’s Hunter Biden material was hacked — none. Yet Baker found a basis for a “reasonable” assumption that Russians or hackers were behind it.

Now, there is a strong suggestion that Baker played a role in limiting or delaying the release of material. The question is whether some of that information deals with the earlier disclosures of the FBI communications. There are also curious deletions on some of the emails of dates and times.

Baker is likely to find himself a popular figure in the weeks to come. Putting aside the requisite media contract for such figures like Peter Strzok, he is likely to be one of the first to be subpoenaed to appear before a House committee.

In the meantime, Musk will now have to review any material redacted or removed by Baker. The release of that material could shed light on not just the cause for Baker’s termination but his role at Twitter in allegedly undermining Musk’s policies. More importantly, any material related to the FBI and other agencies would be key in determining if there was a system of “censorship by surrogate” at Twitter.

What is also clear is that, despite the full mobilization of Washington against Musk, the billionaire is undeterred. Once again, the normally unstoppable forces of Washington may have  met their first immovable object.

186 thoughts on “The Deep Twitter State? Former FBI General Counsel Fired at Twitter”

  1. I recall a few “old timers,” turn of the 20th century immigrants from Lithuania, used a description that is appropriate here: “good riddance to bad rubbish.” This was clearly a termination for cause by the corporation; I hope it resists any trumped up legal claims by Baker and all those like him.

  2. “For many of us, the most surprising thing was that Baker was still at Twitter.”

    – Professor Turley
    _______________

    For many of us, the most surprising thing is that Baker and his Obama Coup D’etat in America co-conspirators were still not in prison.

    An election is one thing; the Obama Coup D’etat in America is an entirely different matter.  

    Certainly, if these subversive, insurrectionist activities were perpetrated against a king, a premier or general secretary anywhere else on the planet, the participants would not be available for book writing or even comment, having been drawn and quartered.

    See if you can find the name James Baker here:
    _______________________________________

    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

    – Barack Obama
    ______________

    “We will stop him.”

    – Peter Strzok to FBI paramour Lisa Page
    ___________________________________

    “[Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.”

    – Lisa Page to FBI paramour Peter Strzok
    ___________________________________

    “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before 40.”

    – Peter Strzok to FBI parmour Lisa Page
    _________________________________

    “People on the 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this [Trump] server.” 

    – Bill Priestap
    ___________

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious crime in American political history. The co-conspirators are:

    Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,

    James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic, Sally Yates,

    James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove,

    Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper,

    Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power,

    Lynch, Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,

    Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg, Emmet Sullivan, Gen. Milley, George Soros, John McCain,

    Marc Elias, Igor Danchenko, Fiona Hill, Charles H. Dolan, Jake Sullivan, Strobe Talbot,

    Cody Shear, Victoria Nuland, Ray “Red Hat” Epps, Don Berlin, Kathy Ruemmler, Rodney Joffe,

    Paul Vixie, L. Jean Camp, Andrew Whitney et al.

  3. No doubt Mr. Baker will find himself quickly employed by the likes of Georgetown Law as a Senior Fellow in the aptly named Institution for Public Safety (check the French Revolution for further information).

  4. progressives: lawyers do whatever they want regardless of their clients wishes. That’s the way it works.

  5. I once thought that Trump was just such an immovable object. I confused his resolute courage and steadfastness in the line of direct fire with immovable and secure placement— despite the fact that the very ground upon which he stood was by wise design transitory.

    May Musk enjoy continued commercial success, good health and long life, for the forces he is confronting are patient and relentless. He may slice the heavy low hanging fruit but rot is also present in many roots. Thanks Prof. Turley. Stay humble in the limelight. God Bless.

  6. AH!
    It seems we are seeing a number of comments from commenters whom we have never seen before, all trying to spin the narrative of policies and in house lawyers, but ignore the fact Baker was key person in pushing the Russia hoax while at the FBI.
    Do not fall for their spin. I think it was JJC whom said that the people will know the truth when they see it. Or something like that.

    1. The lawyer was expressly working against his clients wishes. It was not his place to decide. This was malpractice at the very least.

    2. It seems we are seeing a number of comments from commenters whom we have never seen before, all trying to spin the narrative of policies and in house lawyers,….

      Get to know David Brock (figuratively!). He built an army of Clinton Trolls with an organization called “Correct the Record”, to attack Bernie Sanders when her worshipfulness ran against Bernie for the DNC nomination. Even Hillary’s top acolytes (e.g. John Podesta) viewed Brock as being “bat sh** crazy”, which by happy coincidence, so did his ex gay lovers. Brock’s DNC paid trolls on here are truly bat sh** crazy and, to your point, habitually use scores of aliases. They are here to create havoc, and as Professor Turley requests, they are best ignored

      https://freebeacon.com/tag/david-brock/

    3. He was not part of the process, and he had an ethical conflict of interest.

      He arguably should not only be fired, but disbarred.

      But it is near impossible to get disbarred unless you piss off the left.

  7. “In the meantime, Musk will now have to review any material redacted or removed by Baker. The release of that material could shed light on not just the cause for Baker’s termination but his role at Twitter in allegedly undermining Musk’s policies.”

    I mean, it would be interesting to see the Musk policies mentioned here. I think Musk’s policies, though, are whatever Musk says at the moment which might be different tomorrow. Hard for people to work under him.

    You would think Musk, who is being paid $50 billion – more than anyone in history – to run a completely other company; should not have the time to be rehashing something that happened two years ago at a company before he owned it. The lengths people will go to to run interference for Trump and try to feed his narrative even two years after he is out of office is astounding.

    1. Musk has not been paid by Tesla for years.

      More recently, he negotiated a compensation package that provided him with 23B in stock options.

      That is not actual pay, it is just the ability to more easily than others buy $23B in stock – he still has to pay for it.

    2. When he bought the company – he bought EVERYTHING.
      Including past records.

      One of the reasons he bought it was to fix it.

      Part of fixing something that is broken is looking squarely at what was wrong.

      Are you saying that the past malfeasance of left wing nuts should never be exposed ?

      Why does the left keep digging into Trump’s past – if the past does not matter ?

      Do you think about what you say before you say it ?

    3. “Hard for people to work under him.”

      The employees at Tesla, SpaceX, et al. could not be reached for comment.

      Nice smear, though. Could you please use a different tactic of character assassination? That one’s stale.

  8. I wonder what twitter’s policy is now on releasing documents to the press. Does all the press get access to whatever internal emails they want? I would think it would be more interesting to see the emails behind Musk’s tweet a couple of weeks ago that said he was going to create a panel with diverse views to review any decisions regarding bans or reinstatements. Then that just disappeared and Musk seems to be making these decisions on his own.

    Was there an internal discussion about this decision? It would be nice is an independent journalist (i.e., not Tiabbi, Greenwald or Weiss) could take a look at internal twitter emails to see what happened with that decision and whether there are any sort of written policies behind what seem like arbitrary and meandering decisions by Musk..

    1. Musk, the owner and the person that pays the lawyer fees, said he wanted to release the documents. How is this anything other than malpractice? If baker thought it was bad, he should tell Musk and if Musk persists resign.

      It is not his job to do what he wants against his client’s wishes.

      progressives need to think intelligently not reiterate moronic progressive “news” talking points

      1. Baker had a clear conflict of interest as his own conduct was being exposed.

        He was NOT made part of the vetting process, but somehow inserted himself and was caught by Barri Weis after which Musk fired Baker

      2. I believe that Baker was an employee of Twitter, not counsel. Nothing to do with malpractice.

        He was fired, which was appropriate.

    2. Twitter is now a private company owned by Musk.

      he has absolute freedom to release or keep secret whatever he wants.

      a tweet is not a contract

    3. It would be nice is an independent journalist (i.e., not Tiabbi, Greenwald or Weiss)

      It’s a revealing conclusion these three alone are not “independent”. What fact makes these three not independent which would not effect any journalist? Is it that Musk picked them? That would also be true of anyone. Is it that they are among the very few open liberals (distinguished from left wingers) in journalism today? If so this amounts to the expectation no information is valid unless it is approved by the left wing.

      I don’t doubt this is how left wingers think. It’s a consequence of spending every moment of their lives in left-activist institutions. But it’s helpful for outsiders to understand the principles underlying left wing criticism so we can reject it as politically biased.

      1. The journalists I trust the most By Far are those that have remained consistent to their values over very long periods of time.

        Glenn Greenwald is at the top of that list. It is unlikely that he and I agree on many things – though we do on some – especially those in his prime area of expertise – national security issues.
        Greenwald attacked, Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden for exactly the same things.
        He also specifically noted for all his other problems with Trump that in the areas of jounralism that he reported on – though far from Perfect, that Trump remains the least problematic of the 4.
        I have enourmous respect for Greenwald.

        Barri Weis is younger. But she stood up for principles at NYT and ended up leaving. She has an excellent podcast “Honestly” which I highey recomend. She and here guests are frequently wrong on issues, but they are HONEST, and prepared to look at controversial topics without spouting the corporate line. Regardless, even if you disagree with them – her guests are intelligent argue their points, are toughly questioned by Weis.

        I like Taibbi, I think he is a good journalist, without being critical – I like his work, but he is not the same stature as Weis and Greenwald – atleast not so far. Taibbi is starting to take flak for stepping into the Twitter files., but Weis and Greenwald have paid real costs for their work

        Glenn was blating the Russian dissinformation story was nonsense and that the Laptop was obviously authentica and attacking the media for memory holing the story in Oct 2020 – just after it came out.
        No one was ahead of Glenn in reporting the banning of the story and that the laptop was authentic.
        He also provided the best bullet proof explanation as to why it was trustworthy.

  9. The ‘homo sapiens’ seems to have an unlimited capacity for believing in magical thinking, and that it simply cannot be wrong if I believe it is right — to those who ask if ‘progessives’ can ever get rid of the Kool-Aid and have a reckoning with the true facts, the answer seems to ‘no, they cannot.’

    1. Richard Lowe,
      I believe it is part of the culture war.
      They are so bought in, or to use your analogy, they not only drank the Kool-Aid, but brush their teeth and gargle with it as well.
      Thus far, they are in the early stages of a Mao like Culture Revolution. What is missing, thankfully, is a truly charismatic leader for them to fall over.
      Some will try to claim that Trump was that leader for conservatives. But recent polls clearly show more conservatives would vote for DeSantis over Trump. Heck, after DeSantis, Cheney beat Trump. What does that tell you?
      Not only do they need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid, but get over their TDS. It is getting old.

  10. I think Tiabbi has had a much more controversial prior career than Baker. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/the-two-expat-bros-who-terrorized-women-correspondents-in-moscow/2017/12/15/91ff338c-ca3c-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html

    This mere sounds like Musk (and Tiabbi, Weiss and quite frankly Turley) do not know what the job of an in house lawyer is. No one should be shocked that an in house lawyer is reviewing documents before they are sent to the press. Musk says “without knowledge of new management” but Musk did not say he asked that these documents not be vetted in the normal course.

    Musk clearly does things on his own without going through lawyers and that is a problem for a company such as this. Perhaps if he asked his lawyer before doing things like tweeting conspiracy theories about Paul Pelosi, before firing people responsible for complying with governmental consent decrees his company would not be on such a downward spiral right now.

    1. Baker should not be shocked that he was fired for injecting himself into a process that he was deliberately excluded from.

      It is irrelevant what the job of an inhouse lawyer is.

      Baker was PART of the process to censor the NY Post story he is conflicted from vetting the investigation and reporting of it.

      Doing so was a violation of the cannon of ethics for lawyers.

      And a demonstration of exactly what is wrong with Baker (and the left) in the first place.

    2. No one has pushed any “conspiracy theories” regarding Pelosi that were not part of the one the scene reporting by MSNBC’s first correspondent on the story who has “disappeared”

    3. “No one should be shocked that an in house lawyer” ran interference for his buddies at the FBI.

      Now the statement is accurate.

      And no sane person is “shocked.” Those (like Baker) on the premise “the ends justifies the means,” will do anything to satisfy their desires.

  11. What was this guy still doing on the payroll?
    And how much “vetting” did he do?
    I hope Musk had all the those files pre-vetting backed up somewhere secure.

    If perchance the good professor was in some degree helped “exit” Baker, congrats!

    Side note, are we now going to see the emergence of non-politicized companies?
    I seem to recall some in academia bragging about pretending to be non-politicized, then after getting hired showing their true woke colors.

    1. He was fired because he was not part of the vetting process and Barri Weis discovered that the content she and Matt were getting was being vetted by Baker without permission.

      1. John Say,
        Well said.
        If I were Musk, I would have Taibbi and Weiss review, analysis the data, then present them to Musk for final word, after the lawyers had reviewed their findings and recommendations, then proceed.
        Having a well known former FBI promoter of Russia hoax in on the decision making process, NO.
        We MAY never know what evidence he MIGHT of deleted to cover up the Twitter government collusion.

        Musk, if you read this, good on ya for having the moral integrity to speak truth to power.

        1. It is important to understand that it may make us all feel good to get all of this information out into the public domain but Democrats will not suffer one single time as a result of these findings. Evil is more clever than good and the American people have given up and no longer care about this or any other scandal in government because they have lost the power of the vote.
          All great empires collapse and the United States will be no exception.

          1. There is alot to be depressed about.
            This country is in for a great deal of pain as a result of the last two elections.
            And fixing the damage will take a long long long time.

            But there are reasons for optimism.
            Oddly some of them are BECAUSE of the bleak future.

            The democrat claim that demographics is destiny has flipped.
            All demographic changes favor republicans.
            Minorities are slowly turning red.
            Republicans are going to lose a couple of red states, but the entire rust belt, as well as NV, OR and WA are either turning red or atleast purple from deep blue. Even NY is no longer blue but purple.

            Republicans won every demographic except under 30 and single women.

            If abortion is on the ballot it will not be in 2024.

            Mailin voting, ballot harvesting, and fraud are giving Democrats a boost. But that is a one time increase, not a trend.
            I suspect all of these in combination have added about 1% to democrat vote totals.

            Republicans are starved for money and will be. But democrats require massive amounts of money over and over and over to win.

            Overcoming this 1% increase in democrat votes will be hard work, but it is inevitable. Every place that democrats won by a fraction of a percent will soon enough be a place they loose by a fraction of a percent.

            But the biggest advantage republicans have is democrat policies and governance.

            Joe Biden took office with the wind at his back.
            He could have done nothing and still appeared to be a great president.
            Instead in 22 short months he has wreaked havoc on everything.

            Unfortunately for all of us – this is not going to improve anytime soon.

            It is appearing that Musk is turning a corner with Twitter – that Twitter under Musk is no longer vulnerable to being canceled.
            That is huge, it will in the long run reshape all of social media and even regular media.
            Public companies MUST follow Musk if he succeeds – whether they want to or not.

            Finally

            You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

            Abraham Lincoln

          2. It’s certainly a steep uphill climb to reach those who don’t want to hear, but one has to take a first step to show transparency, especially when it involves their own government. Perhaps, if nothing else, is to ask the question out loud, in public, “If they’ve been hiding this from you, fellow citizen, what else are they not telling you while at the same time raking in far more dollars than their government salary while you can barely make ends meet?”

          3. “Democrats will not suffer one single time as a result of these findings.”

            That is not true. They have lost a critical weapon of censorship: Twitter.

        2. I have no idea why Baker was not removed earlier. That concerns me regarding Musk.

          Someone suggested this might have been a setup to get rid of baker for cause, as apparently Baker has a big parachute.

          There are complications here. MOSTLY there are no privacy issues regarding this content.
          But it is still possible that SOME of this information needs redacted.

          Twitter should not provide it directly to Weis or Taibbi without redacting what little might be truly private.

          My suggestion would be to have an outside lawyer review and redact everything before sending it to weis and Taibbi.
          But to provide them with Everything – with minor privacy redactions.
          And let them choose what to print.

          Or alternately just put the redacted copies on the cloud for everyone.

      2. John Say,
        That right there!
        But watch the spin, gaslighting we are seeing from the woke left.
        I have noted about the spin from commentors we have never seen before.

        1. Many of the new names on the left probably come from one or more commentators we know. I’ll bet Paint Chips is using a lot of different names. In the past I could name a couple of dozen names that were from Paint Chips.

  12. Do you get tired of re-iterating facts over and over again only to have incurious progressives and progressive “news” ignore the facts?

    Do you think that stating there was never any evidence to support the laptop being Russian “disinformation” for the fiftieth time will finally start to win over willfully ignorant progressives?

    Seriously, stop treating progressives as intelligent adults.

  13. I have no doubt all the juicy details have long been deleted, and that the biden regime has ben furiously deleting all their related crimes as quickly as possible, too, calling in the backup technicians to destroy the backups as well just like clinton and gore did so many times.
    On another note, people should consider what arrays are also aligned against the 1st amendment right now that we aren’t generally commenting on. I will start a list and other are welcome to add on. All these meet or exceed the twitter censoring.
    Youtube, which has been banning R (to the right) content for a long time now, furiously shadowbanning, furiously demonetizing, and deleting accounts. Also, youtube has destroyed the formerly wonderful nested comment section under videos. It used to be a wonderful interaction, clear and debate filled, a joy to use. That was crushed years ago and has further deteriorated and now is shadow banned as well.Google or “Alphabet” is their parent company, also guilty of the same thing on every android phone in the USA. The “media app” that runs to left on every new android phone is far left wing phony junk. So every android phone is compromised.
    All the famous “fund me” applications have been banning R’s for a long time. Their campaigns are deleted on simple political terms, even after being up for some time, for no reason other than R. Gofundme, etc.
    The MSM, already mentioned of course in almost every way.
    The banking system, also deleting the business accounts of R’s.
    The credit card system, the same, attacking R and removing them.
    Blackrock and Vanguard, Larry Fink, and the ESG system – if you are an unwanted R you won’t ever get a business loan.
    The general cancel culture, though social media, can take your job, attacks on R’s of course – a campaign of calling, complaints, and false reports on rating sites such as YELP get you, the R, fired.
    Parler was stripped from the web overnight, by the big powers, since it had great R traction.
    Others please add what I have forgotten.
    Understand, twitter is but one small portion of the censorship R (to the right) are facing in their daily lives.
    It is an emergency, and has been, for some time.

  14. Baker was in line for a life altering severance package.

    Now he has presumably been fired for cause. No package.

    He apparently thinks that the lefties will take care of him.

    We are in an existential fight for the country against a rich, powerful, and amoral adversary.

    1. We were in the same fight in the latter half of the 18th century, too. While only 10-15% of the population participated, the end result stopped the most powerful adversary on the planet at that time (bonus points: they still hate that we decided to keep our guns). The case can easily made again for a “2.0” type of rebellion against a bunch of narcissist, overstuffed shirts who all happen to be in just a handful of locations. (Another bonus!) Of course, this is only ‘last resort’ talk.

      1. “a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met.”

        ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    2. He apparently thinks that the lefties will take care of him.

      Which they will. The left controls essentially the entire education budget in America, along with more NGOs, media, entertainment, and large businesses. They’ve always used these funds to support political spending, for example both Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn were given sinecures in the education system for their service to the political left. Now we see indirect support by contracting with political consultants like DIE and CRT.

      If we’re serious about fighting the left step one is retaking the education systems from the left so they can’t repurpose those funds to reward political activiy.

  15. The most discouraging part of this entire story is that the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop have been known to law enforcement since before the 2020 election. When recently told that the Republican congress will be investigating the suppression and lack of investigation of the laptop Biden responded ‘good luck with that’. Why should he fear his administration suddenly caring about his corruption when it has been known since he announced he was running for president? That video of him at the CFR talking about threatening Ukraine by withholding loans unless they fire the prosecutor who was investigating the company that Hunter was being paid by was public during Trump’s impeachment for trying to influence Ukraine in a phone call. We live in a world of contradictions and there appears to be no resolution to the cognitive dissonance we live with everyday now. It makes me extremely sad because I love this country.

  16. If I had been in Baker’s shoes, I’d have begun ear-marking every FBI/Twitter communication and, once the Musk purchase had been completed, I’d have scrubbed them all with a keystroke. I’m pretty sure Bleachbit would have been very useful.

    1. Baker was fired for filtering the information Taibbi and Weis were being given.

      So we may discover you are correct.

    2. It is likely that an organization like twitter has backup on backup nested for years.

      You can not bleechbit twitter corporate email.

      Even Clinton had the problem that the stuff kept popping up all over – like anthony weiners laptop

  17. Congratulations Mr. Turley for your column on Baker making the world a better place. Unbelievable Baker was still working there. Well done getting him canned!

    1. As Taibbi just revealed and Musk confirmed
      Baker was canned for cause for interferance in releasing “the twitter files”.

      Barri Weis, who is the other journalist Musk is working with discovered that the communications she received from Twitters archived were being reviewed by Baker – who was not supposed to be part of the filtering team – given his role in the supression of the NY Post story.

      Turned out Baker was filtering the information being provided to Taibbi and Weis and when caught was fired.

      That is why Baker was fired.

      That also likely means that part of the reason we see only small involvement by Baker and his alma mater the FBI is because Baker was filtering it.

  18. I honestly do think they have met their first immovable object, and thank goodness money just doesn’t matter in this fight. Sadly, whittling down to dollar signs is what it took for these shucksters to concede a single inch. If they aren’t prepared to assassinate Elon, they had best learn to play nice, because, his NOT going away. It is beyond reprehensible that money is the only language they will take seriously. Current dem voters that read this blog: bear that in mind. You are voting for the aristocracy, period (and indeed, many of you in the modern left are members of that class, so this might be moot), and all of your counter culture past amounts to a teenage indulgence because your refuse to examine the evidence and change your minds for the *actual* betterment of everyone. 50% of modern liberals are elitist hypocrites, the other 50% are very much willfully ignorant, particularly in the connected age.

    1. “I honestly do think they have met their first immovable object . . .”

      Well, unless there is a 6th floor window someplace from which Musk will fall . . . I understand from recent Russian history that 6th floor windows are more dangerous than guns.

  19. The core point being missed is that people like James Baker and Yoel Roth, to name a few, join corporations and governments but never built anything and add nothing of value to society while pretentiously forcing their utter stupidity on others. They’re nothing more than parasites.

    1. Right! They’re organizers . . . hmmmm . . . I seem to recall one Community Organizer who became especially prominent . . .

    2. I would be hard pressed to name any democrat including, but not limited to, public officers or bureaucrats who was not a parasite. Socialism is a form of parasitism.

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