The Biden Department of Justice intends to file criminal charges against The Blaze reporter Steven Baker, who covered the January 6 Capitol protests on the ground as they unfolded. He has continued to cover the event for The Blaze and has released a number of stories that refute key claims from Capitol Police officers and federal prosecutors.
“My attorney has just been notified by @FBI that I am going to be charged by @TheJusticeDept for my journalistic efforts on Jan 6,” Baker wrote in an X post Thursday. “I have to self-surrender on Tuesday. Charges are yet unknown. Stay tuned for more information to follow this afternoon.”
The charges are unclear as of this report.
Baker recently released a story that contradicts sworn testimony given by U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent David Lazarus, whose testimony was key to the “seditious conspiracy” conviction of several Oath Keepers members.
In a previous report, Baker examined a key component of the “Oath Keepers” trials that took place last year. Multiple members of the group were convicted of “seditious conspiracy” after federal prosecutors branded them as the “the leaders” of “the insurrection” in a trial that has alarmed civil liberties advocates. Several Oath Keepers were sentenced to decades in prison, including some who did not even enter the building.
Central to the government’s case was an interaction in which members of the group allegedly clashed with law enforcement. The supposed confrontation took place at the top of the stairs next to the Capitol Rotunda, also known as the small or mini rotunda or the Speaker’s Lobby.
Despite the fact that there were more than 1,700 security cameras active on January 6, the jury was never presented with direct video evidence of the confrontation. Instead, prosecutors relied on testimony from Lazarus, a member of Nancy Pelosi’s security detail, who testified that he saw U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn engaging with four Oath Keepers “three or four times” while he was evacuating staffers for Pelosi.
Lazarus went on to explain that he observed Dunn “arguing” with rioters, which allowed him to evacuate “11 or 12” staffers from Pelosi’s office. “Every time I interacted or came by, yes, it was antagonistic,” explained Lazarus under direct questioning by Assistant United States Attorney Alexandra Hughes in what was a defining moment in the trial.
“An allegation of a Capitol Police officer lying under oath is very serious and must be fully investigated. For this reason, I am releasing these still frames from USCP CCTV video footage, with timestamps, showing the movements of Officer Lazarus on January 6, 2021.” ⬇️
— Steve Baker – TPC (@TPC4USA) November 3, 2023
The Biden DOJ has prosecuted a number of journalists in connection with the January 6 Capitol protests. InfoWars contributor Owen Shroyer was recently released from federal prison on disorderly conduct charges while left-wing journalist John “Jayden X” Sullivan was convicted last month.