James A. Baker Joins FBI as General Counsel; James Comey Comments

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fbi headquartersJames A. Baker, formerly associate general counsel for Bridgewater Associates LP, has joined the FBI as general counsel.

Baker served as associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department from 2009 to 2011 and worked on national security issues such as cybersecurity, the FBI said Wednesday.

“Jim’s experience as a career prosecutor and as a national security official, as well his experience in the private sector, make him an excellent fit for his new position here at the FBI,” said James Comey, FBI director.

Baker joined DOJ in 1990 and worked as federal prosecutor with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section after serving as a clerk for Bernard Friedman in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

In 1996, Baker joined the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (now part of DOJ’s national security division) and later served as counsel for intelligence policy and OIPR lead from 2001 to 2007.

Baker also served as assistant general counsel for national security at Verizon Business from 2008 to 2009 before returning to DOJ.

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