Twitter hires former FBI lawyer involved in Trump campaign probe

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 16th, 2020 3:08 pm

Twitter announced Monday that it has hired the former FBI lawyer who played a key role during the probe into the Trump campaign.

James Baker, who was involved in the decision to surveil Trump's former campaign aide Carter Page and to use an FBI agent to privately monitor former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, will serve as deputy general counsel of the popular social media platform.

Twitter General Counsel Sean Edgett said he is "thrilled to welcome" Baker to the company.

While with the FBI, Baker examined and approved the decision to seek Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Page.

Although Baker said "there was probable cause" in the warrant application to suggest that Page was an "agent of a foreign power," a Justice Department watchdog discovered at least 17 "significant" errors and omissions from the application.

Baker's hiring at Twitter comes just weeks after the company slapped fact-checking labels on a few of President Trump's tweets.

As a result, the president signed an executive order at the end of May to weaken social media companies' legal protections for when they participate in censorship.


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