Late on a Friday night:
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 5, 2018
Two top F.B.I. aides who worked alongside the former director James B. Comey as he navigated one of the most politically tumultuous periods in the bureau’s history resigned on Friday.
One of them, James A. Baker, served as the F.B.I.’s top lawyer until December when he was reassigned as the new director, Christopher A. Wray, began installing his own advisers. Mr. Baker had been investigated by the Justice Department on suspicion of sharing classified information with reporters. He has not been charged.
The other aide, Lisa Page, advised Mr. Comey and his deputy, Andrew G. McCabe, on a range of legal issues. She was assailed by conservatives after texts that she had exchanged with the agent overseeing the investigation into links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia were made public. In the messages, they expressed anti-Trump views but took aim at Hillary Clinton and other political figures as well.
There is a DOJ IG report due out shortly on abuses by the FBI during the 2016 campaign. Reportedly it will look at both how the FBI dealt with Clinton and how they dealt with the Trump campaign. It is rumored to be ugly.
I’m sure there is no relationship between the two events.