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Six Lawyers Claim DOJ Pursuing ‘Retaliatory Action’ Against Reporter for Jan. 6 Reporting

Stephen Baker, a journalist, is facing potential prosecution for his presence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His attorneys are challenging federal prosecutors to try his case outside the District of Columbia.

Allegations of Retaliation

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Baker’s attorneys suggest that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking retribution against him. This is believed to be due to his reporting on possible Capitol Police perjury and the Jan. 6 pipe bombs.

Legal Team’s Statement

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Six attorneys representing Baker released a statement on Jan. 22. They expressed belief that the DOJ is retaliating by seeking more serious charges against him.

Baker’s Current Role and Reporting

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Stephen Baker, formerly an independent journalist, now writes for Blaze Media. His recent reporting has allegedly agitated officials in multiple federal agencies.

Concerns Over Potential DOJ Actions

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The legal team’s statement raised concerns about possible early morning raids against Baker and his family. They view such actions as evidence of retaliation against a journalist exercising First Amendment rights.

Legal Team’s Composition

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Baker’s legal team includes five well-known Jan. 6 defense attorneys and his Raleigh-based attorney, Matthew Ceradini. The team includes former federal prosecutors James Lee Bright and Brad Geyer.

Baker’s Stance on Potential Indictment

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Baker believes any move to indict him now would be in retaliation for his reporting. He has vowed not to be intimidated and to continue his investigative work.

Challenge Over Jurisdiction

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The attorneys have challenged the DOJ to try any case against Baker in North Carolina or Texas. They question why the DOJ believes a fair trial can only occur in the District of Columbia.

Baker’s Recent Coverage        

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Baker’s recent coverage has included identifying an undercover U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the Jan. 6 events. He has also written stories challenging the testimony of Capitol Police officers in the Oath Keepers trial.

Baker’s Presence at the Capitol

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Baker was among many journalists at the Capitol on Jan. 6. His footage from that day was used by several major news outlets, including HBO, BBC, The New York Times, and The Epoch Times.

DOJ’s Contact with Baker

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The FBI first contacted Baker in July 2021 regarding his presence at the Capitol. He voluntarily met with FBI agents and was later warned about DOJ officials being upset with his reporting.

Subsequent Developments and Warnings

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In 2023, Baker received a subpoena for his Jan. 6 video and was warned of an imminent arrest. However, the plan to arrest him was later delayed.

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