(Washington Examiner) Former FBI General Counsel James Baker said the bureau was worried that former FBI Director James Comey would appear to be “blackmailing” then-President-elect Donald Trump during a January 2017 briefing at Trump Tower on some of the most salacious allegations in the dossier written by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.
Sitting down with Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News for a "Skullduggery" podcast released on Wednesday, Baker said that prior to Comey’s meeting with Trump, the FBI was “quite worried” that it might seem like J. Edgar Hoover-style “blackmail” if Comey told Trump about some of the more salacious claims in the dossier, which Comey ended up doing.
“Jim [Comey] and I had talked many times about the Hoover days, especially the investigation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., what was done there, the blackmailing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Baker said. “So yeah, we were quite worried about that, quite worried about how that would come off.”
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