Elon Musk fired the general counsel of Twitter on Tuesday after it was revealed that he may have had a role in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story on Twitter.
Musk said that James Baker, who was the deputy general counsel for the Twitter, gave answers that were "unconvincing" when he was questioned regarding his part in the suppression of the story.
“In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” tweeted the Tesla and SpaceX CEO.
The firing of Baker follows the publication of an array of internal communications by journalist Matt Taibbi during this past weekend about the suppression of the story by the New York Post on Hunter Biden's laptop in 2020. Baker took part in discussions about whether the story qualified for their "hacked material" policy.
A Twitter executive inquired about whether Twitter could claim, "truthfully,” that the story fell under their hacked material category.
“I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked," Baker responded. “At this stage, however, it's reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”
Before working at Twitter, Baker served as the general counsel at the FBI under former Director James Comey and took part in the investigation of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 and the alleged collusion with Russia.