Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to know if a Defense Department official had any involvement in leaking information about Lt. General Michael Flynn to the news media.
The Iowa Republican on Thursday sent a follow-up letter to the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment Thursday asking about the actions of James Baker, its director since early 2015. ONA is the Pentagon’s internal think tank, gaming out military and other geopolitical scenarios decades into the future.
Last month, a Defense Department official denied allegations that Baker leaked classified information to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius related to Flynn’s conversations with then Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak, during the 2016-17 transition period before President Trump took office.
Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, responding to a November court filing, said Baker is “believed” to be behind the leaks that are part of the focus of the Russia investigation inquiry spearheaded by U.S. Attorney John Durham.