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Twitter’s Ex-FBI Lawyer Flagged Trump’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ Tweet as ‘Violation’

Jim Baker, who was fired as deputy general counsel from Twitter by CEO Elon Musk, attacked former President Trump internally leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

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Baker, a former FBI official, emailed former senior Twitter legal executive Stacia Cardille and former head of trust and safety at Twitter Yoel Roth on Oct. 5, 2020, after Trump tweeted about recovering from COVID.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” Trump said.

“Why isn’t this POTUS tweet a violation of our COVID-19 policy (especially the “Don’t be afraid of Covid” statement)?” Baker wrote.

Roth had to respond that Trump’s tweet was “a broad, optimistic statement” that “doesn’t incite people to do something harmful, nor does it recommend against taking precautions or following mask directives (or other guidelines).”

David Zweig, an independent reporter, called it a “surreal exchange” in a thread he posted for the latest “Twitter Files: How Twitter Rigged the COVID Debate.”

It’s unclear what Baker’s response was to Roth, but a previous “Twitter Files” thread revealed Baker colluded with former FBI colleagues to censor the New York Post’s bombshell Hunter Biden laptop story around that same time, just days before the 2020 presidential election.

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