Former FBI general counsel Jim Baker has a somewhat confusing history with political controversies. For instance, he acted as special counsel John Durham’s star witness against former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann at his May trial. Most recently, Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, fired him from his position as the platform’s deputy general counsel after a shocking find related to an effort to throw the 2020 presidential election against then-candidate Donald Trump.
On December 6, Musk announced that he fired Baker over concerns he may have suppressed information of vital public interest. The previous week, Musk released internal Twitter documents detailing what happened behind the scenes regarding the social media platform’s decision to suppress a New York Post exposé detailing damning information contained in a laptop allegedly abandoned by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Musk coordinated the release of the “Twitter Files” through Matt Taibbi, an award-winning journalist, podcaster, and former contributing editor for Rolling Stone.
Taibbi uncovered evidence that Baker vetted (a nice word for censored) information contained within the Twitter Files without Musk’s knowledge, depriving the public of pertinent information regarding the platform’s previous efforts to suppress the Biden laptop story. Taibbi also thinks Baker may have played a key role in throttling the New York Post article without advising Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s head at the time.