James Baker has been picked up by Twitter to be it’s new General Counsel. Baker has a long history in the public eye after being reassigned away from the crossfire hurricane investigation in December 2017.
Twitter has been expanding it’s legal team as it moves into an uncertain future. Social media companies have been under intense scrutiny as they ride the line as a public platform while exercising editorial control. Twitter, facebook, and others are at risk of losing special protections granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
There was rampant suspicion that Baker had formed a habit of leaking sensitive information to David Corn, an NBC contributor and main writer at Mother Jones.
“I’m not going to discuss my sources. But in order to prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information, I will say that James Baker was not my source for this story,”David Corn
Congressman Jim Jordan revealed that James Baker is also the subject of a criminal investigation. In a latter from GOP representattives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows cited a transcript of the Congressional interview with James Baker last fall. The probe stems from the transcript where US Attorney John Durham was confirmed. The letter was sent to Durham and requested more information about the probe.
“You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,”Lawyer Daniel Levin