Conservative Journalist And Film Documenter Steve Baker Responds After FBI Arrest And Release

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  • Source: The Blaze
  • 03/02/2024
Blaze Media writer Steve Baker was detained by the FBI before being released on March 2. Due to his role in the January 6 violence in the Capitol, he was placed under arrest.

Baker reportedly videotaped himself at the location and said things that were encouraging to the demonstrators. Baker is charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and parading within a Capitol building due to his remarks and behavior during the disturbance. On January 6, 2021, Baker was charged with four misdemeanors pertaining to his reporting at the U.S. Capitol.

The four counts are: disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted facility or grounds; disorderly conduct in a capital building; and marching, protesting, or picketing in a capitol building. The unruly and disruptive behavior in a limited building or grounds is the first of the four.

The FBI gave Baker instructions earlier this week to turn himself in on Friday morning. While he was wearing a suit and tie, Baker said the FBI had instructed him to show up to the field office in "shorts and sandals."

Baker had said in December that he anticipated being charged by the Justice Department on January 6 for his reporting. He made an announcement on Tuesday on his impending arrest, saying that he had to report to the police at 7 a.m. and that he would be taken to the Dallas courtroom to appear before the magistrate at 10 a.m.

In a YouTube video, Baker is said to have indicated that on January 6, he followed protestors inside the office of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This claim is included in the charge paperwork against Baker. Documents show that in the video, Baker said that the "only thing I regret" is that he did not take laptops because "God knows what I could have found."

The records state that Baker reportedly remarked, "Look out your windows b****es, look what is coming," in another video that was taken outside the Capitol. 

This week, in an interview, Baker said that it is "common" for law enforcement to let the media to overstep boundaries in order to record events of public importance. He said that several other reporters had entered the Capitol on January 6 and accused the administration of "selective prosecution."

Baker's January 6 article raised doubts about whether a Capitol Police officer had lied to himself during the Oath Keepers' trial. In a another piece, he casts doubt on the narrative of January 6 provided by a different Capitol Police officer.

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