Elon Musk Fires Twitter Attorney James Baker Over Hunter Biden’s “Shutdown” Story

Elon Musk has fired Twitter general counsel James Baker for his role in The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop leak.

“In light of concerns about Baker’s role in suppressing information critical to public communication, he resigned from Twitter today.” Musk wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Musk added Baker asked about the events surrounding the laptop suppression scandal before he was fired and his explanation was “unconvincing”.

Baker was previously the FBI’s general counsel under former director James Comey and was a key figure in the bureau’s investigation into false allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Baker’s departure from the social media giant comes after freelance journalist Matt Taibbi revealed internal documents in which Baker and other Twitter executives discussed what to do about Hunter Biden’s October 2020 story about his abandoned laptop and his influence peddling schemes.

Elon Musk has announced that Twitter has fired General Counsel James Baker for his role in suppressing The Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Musk said he found Baker’s answers about the scandal “unbelievable” during questioning.
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The “Twitter files,” which Taibbi called the leak, include exchanges between Baker and Brandon Borrman, Twitter’s former vice president of global communications, about the decision to censor The Post.

Referring to Twitter’s “infringing content” policy, Borrman asked, “Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?” Baker responded that the Post’s story should be censored.

On Tuesday, Taibbi reported again Baker was found to have “reviewed” the Twitter files before they were released, and the journalist said Baker’s covert involvement was delaying the release of another batch of internal documents.

According to declassified Twitter files, Baker suggested Twitter censor The Post because “caution is warranted.”

The news that Baker was looking at the ‘Twitter files’ came as a shock to everyone involved, to say the least. Twitter’s new chief, Elon Musk, moved quickly to “exit” Baker on Tuesday, Taibbi said wrote on Twitter.

According to Taibbi, Musk was unaware of Baker’s involvement in reviewing the files.


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