THE GHOST: Who Is James Baker, Really? Origins Of Comey’s Former FBI General Counsel And Twitter’s Former Deputy General Counsel A Mystery

By Mary Fanning and Alan Jones | December 10, 2022

The trail goes cold in Wichita, Kansas.

This much we know:

A student named James Andrew Baker from Wichita, Kansas graduated from Notre Dame University in 1983, according to Notre Dame’s 1983 commencement program.

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1983, Baker went on to earn a Master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1988.

Baker was known as “Mr. FISA.”

During the pinnacle of the FBI’s Trump Russian Collusion hoax investigation Crossfire Hurricane — and the symbiotic media hysteria that echoed chambered that conspiracy theory ad infinitum — Baker served as the bureau’s senior legal adviser to James Comey, the six foot, eight inch FBI director who famously admitted to New York Magazine, “In college … I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now.”

In June 2020, five months before the highly-compromised 2020 election, Baker, with perfect timing, moved over to Twitter, joining the social media’s legal team as a deputy general counsel.

Baker managed to operate in relative obscurity at Twitter, toiling away in the shadowy depths of Twitter’s hyper-woke corporate blackbox, famous for shadow banning and permanently excommunicating conservatives, “anti vaxxers,” and “election deniers” from the platform.

Even when all hell broke loose after Twitter censored the New York Post’s bombshell éxpose on Hunter Biden’s ‘laptop from hell’ before the 2020 election,  Baker managed to continue flying under the radar at Twitter.

It was only Elon Musk’s decision to fire Baker in spectacular fashion that finally catapulted Baker to the top of the news cycle.

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey lied before the U.S. Congress when he denied that Twitter shadow banned conservative Twitter accounts.

Elon Musk’s Twitter Files have revealed that Twitter did indeed shadow ban accounts, a practice the company secretly referred to by the euphemistic code-phrase “Visibility Filtering.”

Baker was frantically reviewing the Twitter Files around the clock before Elon Musk “exited” Baker from Twitter.

Musk fired Baker for ‘vetting internal files on Hunter Biden laptop scandal and DELAYING release of second tranche’ of the Twitter Files.

But what have we known about Baker over the years?

The American Report, since early 2019, has documented in great detail James Baker’s involvement at the FBI with the whistleblower case of Dennis Montgomery, the former CIA contractor who states that he designed and built a super surveillance system known as THE HAMMER. The American Report first reported on THE HAMMER on The American Report’s Facebook page in 2015.

Bill Barr And James Baker Both Worked At Verizon And DOJ

William Barr, who served as U.S. Attorney General under President H.W. Bush and President Donald Trump, retired at the end of 2008 from his position as Verizon’s “executive vice president and general counsel since the company’s inception in 2000,” according to a Verizon press release. “Barr, 58, previously was general counsel at GTE, which merged with Bell Atlantic to become Verizon. Prior to his 14-year career in the communications industry, Barr was U.S. Attorney General under then-president H.W. Bush,” according to the press release.

At Verizon, Bill Barr, who became Trump’s AG, and James Baker, who during the Trump Russian Collusion hoax coup operation leaked the fraudulent Steele Dossier to Mother Jones reporter David Corn, simultaneously held the positions of Verizon General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel for National Security at Verizon Business, respectively, according to their biographies.

According to a January 15, 2014 FBI national press release announcing the appointment of James A. Baker as FBI general counsel:

In 1996, Mr. Baker joined the former Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), which later became part of DOJ’s National Security Division. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Baker served as counsel for intelligence policy and head of OIPR. In this position, he developed, coordinated, and implemented national security policy with regard to intelligence and counterintelligence matters for the department. Moreover, he provided the attorney general, the U.S. intelligence community, and the White House with legal and policy advice on a range of national security issues and conducted oversight of the intelligence community, including the FBI, on behalf of the attorney general…

…From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Baker was assistant general counsel for national security at Verizon Business. He then returned to DOJ, and from 2009 to 2011, served as an associate deputy attorney general working on a range of national security issues, including cyber security.

According to CIA contractor-turned-whistleblower Montgomery, Comey and Baker buried evidence provided by Montgomery to the FBI showing the Barack Obama, James Comey, and John Brennan, using a foreign surveillance tool known as THE HAMMER, which the trio illegally commandeered to spy on Obama’s political enemies, and engaged in illegal domestic surveillance of Donald Trump and other Americans.

In October 2018, Former FBI General Counsel James Baker found himself being interviewed during an Executive Session Joint Hearing of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Government of Oversight Committee.

HAMMERTIME: Baker Buried Whistleblower Montgomery’s Trump Surveillance Evidence Then Suddenly “Remembered” FBI Had It

We previously reported in a May 29, 2019 article at The American Report titled “HAMMERTIME: Baker Buried Whistleblower Montgomery’s Trump Surveillance Evidence Then Suddenly “Remembered” FBI Had It”:

Former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is the second current or former senior FBI official to have misled Congress about the FBI’s receipt of evidence from CIA/NSA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery that Montgomery maintains proves that President Obama’s intelligence chiefs, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illegally surveilled Donald Trump with the super-surveillance system known as “THE HAMMER” (HAMR).

Former FBI counsel Baker, who was interviewed by a joint committee of the U.S. House of Representatives just weeks before the 2018 midterm election, stated during day one of his interview, conducted on October 3, 2018, that the FBI and the DOJ did not “infiltrate or surveil” the Trump campaign for “political purposes.”

Baker simultaneously denied on day one that Obama administration officials made “demands or requests” of the FBI and the DOJ to “infiltrate or surveil” the Trump campaign.

At the beginning of  Baker’s day two testimony, conducted on October 18, 2018, Baker interrupted Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) stating he wanted to amend the record of his day one testimony, thereby sidestepping a potential perjury charge.

Between day one of his interview two weeks earlier and day two,  Baker suddenly “remembered” that U.S. government contractor Dennis Montgomery had turned over to the FBI evidence in 2015 in the form of digital storage devices that, Montgomery asserted, proved that the U.S. government illegally surveilled American citizens and government officials.

Baker either lied or misspoke about which year Montgomery turned over evidence to the FBI, when he told the joint committee that Montgomery provided the evidence to the FBI in 2016, when in fact Montgomery had turned over the evidence in 2015, one full year earlier, before the 2016 presidential election.

Baker carefully stated: “To the best of my recollection, it’s in the late summer, early fall 2016.”  Baker misstated the year the FBI took possession of Montgomery’s evidence during day two of his interview. By carefully reciting that it was to the “best of his recollection” Baker neatly sidestepped a potential perjury charge.

Baker’s two-day interview, carried out on October 3 and October 18, 2018, was “part of a joint investigation by the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform into decisions made and not made by the DOJ and the FBI regarding the 2016 Presidential election.”


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Mr. Jordan — Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Mr. Baker — James A. Baker, former FBI general counsel


Mr. Breitenbach — Ryan Breitenbach, senior counsel for the majority staff on the House Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Jordan. Okay. I’ll do it again.

So, when we left off a few weeks ago, we were talking about a meeting you had with Andy McCabe and Lisa Page shortly after the meeting they had with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein where Mr. Rosenstein indicated he was looking at the possibility of recording the President of the United States.

Tell me when that meeting that you had with — when was the meeting you had again with Ms. Page and Mr. McCabe?

Mr. Baker. Okay. First of all, if I can just say, at some point in time, there’s something I remembered from last time I’d like to — that I didn’t remember when we were sitting here together. I’d look to talk about that at some point and put that on the record. I don’t want to interrupt your flow of questions.

Mr. Jordan. Go do that. If there’s something you want to clarify from last time, do that upfront, and then we’ll go right back to my question.

Mr. Baker. Okay. Sure. It’s not directly related to this, and I’m happy to answer your question that you just asked me.

Mr. Jordan. Okay.

Mr. Baker. So I recalled after — just actually a few days ago — that another incident when a — this time an attorney on behalf of a client came to me and wanted — came specifically to me and wanted to make information available to the FBI in the form of electronic media that he wanted to get into the —

Mr. Jordan. Different case or same case?

Mr. Baker. Different case.

Mr. Jordan. Okay.

Mr. Baker. Well, a completely different case. Different attorney, different client, but insistent on meeting only with me or the Director. And then he did not have the material with him at the time. We had to actually dispatch FBI agents to go to a — from a field office to go collect this material. It was in the — to the best of my recollection, it was roughly in the late summer, fall of 2016 timeframe.

Mr. Jordan. Can you tell us the case?

Mr. Baker. It was Larry —

Mr. [REDACTED]  Mr. Baker, please do answer the question, but if it’s in a — if it’s a matter that’s totally unrelated to what’s being discussed here, I’d ask you not to discuss any specific investigative details. Can you answer the question?

Mr. Baker. Can I give the name of the attorney?

Mr. [REDACTED] The name of the — absolutely. Yes, sir.

Mr. Baker. Okay. The name of the attorney was Larry Klayman, and he also brought one of his associates with him whose name I don’t recall at this point in time, and it was on behalf of a particular client. Anyway, that’s what I recalled. And we were talking about that last time, and I did not remember that incident. Now I do.

Mr. Jordan. Okay. Thank you. Let’s go back to Mr. McCabe, Ms. Page, and —

Mr. Breitenbach. I’m sorry, Mr. Jordan. Can I just follow up?

Mr. Jordan. Sure.

Mr. Breitenbach. With regard to Mr. Klayman coming to visit you, was it with regard at all to surveillance concerns that he had concerning the general fact pattern that we’re here to discuss today?

Mr. Baker. Well, it had to do with surveillance. It had to do with an allegation about unlawful surveillance, but it was — I believe it was different from any fact pattern that we talked about last time here.

Mr. Breitenbach. Unlawful surveillance of whom?

Mr. Baker. Of Americans, including government officials. Yeah. I can go — I mean —

Mr. Jordan. Who was his client?

Mr. Baker. Can I just — I’m turning to the Bureau to describe this. So his client was an individual named Dennis Montgomery, who I believe, to the best of my recollection, he said that he had been a U.S. Government contractor and, in the course of that work, had come across evidence of unlawful surveillance by the government of Americans — and including government officials — and wanted to give that information to the Bureau, which eventually did take place.

Mr. Jordan. And was this — I’m sorry. Go ahead.

Mr. Sommers. During what time period?

Mr. Jordan. Yeah. That’s what I was going to ask.

Mr. Baker. To the best of my recollection, it’s in the late summer, early fall 2016.

Mr. Sommers. And the surveillance, what time period was that?

Mr. Baker. I’m not entirely sure what the timeframe was. It was a significant — it was — one of the issues in the case was it was a large amount of data that he had that he wanted to provide, that these — these disks or other media had a lot of data on them about this, allegedly.

Mr. Sommers. Surveillance by whom?

Mr. Baker. By the U.S. Government itself of Americans, unlawfully.

Mr. Jordan. Interesting. All right. Thank you. All right. Let’s go back to the McCabe-Page-Rosenstein meeting. When did you talk to Lisa Page and Andy McCabe about the meeting they had with Mr. Rosenstein?

Baker’s Pre-Notre Dame Life Is A Mystery

We know nothing about Baker’s pre-university life in Kansas, or anything about Baker’s parents.

Baker’s wife Darsie Cahall graduated in 1976 from Germantown Academy, the oldest nonsectarian day school in the United States, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia, according to her Facebook profile.

Cahall graduated from the University of Delaware in 1980 and from graduate school at the University of Michigan in 1986.

Baker is a ghost before Notre Dame.

Unlike other high-profile national security officials like Bill Barr and John Brennan, details about Baker’s early life or his family appear to be nonexistent on the internet.

Who, exactly, is James Baker, the former FBI official at the center of Twitter’s censorship operations?


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