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Comey: FBI Officials Under Attack for ‘Partisan Gain’

Former FBI director James Comey has accused the agency’s current leadership of breaking under political pressure with its recent reassignment of the top FBI lawyer. “Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain,” Comey wrote on Twitter late Friday. “James Baker, who is stepping down as FBI General Counsel, served our country incredibly well for 25 years & deserves better,” he wrote. Comey’s comments, which come shortly after President Trump assailed the FBI for supposedly being “tainted,” appear to be in response to reports earlier this week that Baker is being “reassigned” following several political controversies at the agency. Baker was reportedly recently caught up in an internal investigation into leaks on surveillance methods. He is also reportedly under scrutiny by House Republicans for allegedly being in contact with a Mother Jones reporter shortly before the outlet broke the story of a disputed dossier revealing purported ties between Trump and the Kremlin.