A trusted source confirms that FBI General Counsel Jim A. Baker is out at the FBI. Baker, as General Counsel, serves at the pleasure of the Director and is not subject to Senate approval.
Baker’s departure may be a function of natural churn within the agency, as many thought Baker would be replaced with the incoming FBI Director. The FBI has found itself increasingly in the news as a result of its role in high-profile investigations involving the President and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In July, reports circulated suggesting that Baker was under investigation for possible leaks.
Our source at Committed Conservative did not speculate as to why Baker was out, or if it was in anyway connected to recent press stories about the agency. The timing, however, if it were normal turnover, is surely poor given all the current press coverage of the agency.
It is believed that Baker is only leaving his role as FBI General Counsel, but will be staying with the agency. We will update this story if more information becomes available.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.