Fear, burnout and insubordination: Insiders spill details about life at the highest levels of FBI

March 21, 2023

A bipartisan assemblage of members of Congress excoriated the FBI for badly botching complaints of sexual abuse of teenage gymnasts. And witnesses named names, with a particular focus on Baker’s predecessor as FBI general counsel, former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann. “This was a significant problem under Andrew Weissmann’s tenure,” Baker testified, describing a lack of communication in the FBI counsel’s office. But to Baker, Weissmann was the root of a culture of fear and burnout that plagued the FBI general counsel’s office the day Baker arrived. “I wanted people to tell me when I was wrong, which was the complete opposite from what Andrew did–Andrew Weissmann,” Baker testified.