Investigative Journalist Arrested By FBI For Jan. 6 Reporting

Investigative reporter Steve Baker was taken into FBI custody on Friday in Dallas. While the exact nature of Baker’s charges remains unknown at this time, he was detained for “nonviolent misdemeanors” according to his employer, Blaze Media.

The FBI had issued two previous warnings to Baker that he was going to be arrested on Nov. 21 and Dec. 23, but followed through with a signed arrest warrant that was issued on Tuesday, February 27.

Baker and his legal team were told by the government that his detainment would be a simple “in and out affair” and that the FBI had “no intention” of detaining him.

But there may be greater legal consequences for Baker beyond just the standard misdemeanors faced by other defendants who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

An affidavit given to NBC News by Baker’s defense attorney William Shipley, highlights potentially damning comments made by Baker during and after the Capitol protests on Jan. 6.

In the details of the affidavit, a YouTube channel titled The Pragmatic Constitutionalist was traced back to Baker. In a video on the channel, he mentions being one of the protesters that was in the office of the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 6.

“The only thing I regret is that I didn’t steal their computers, because god knows what I could have found on their computers if I had done that,” he said. “Do I approve of what happened today? 100%.”

In spite of Baker’s comments, there are many who believe his arrest signals government infringement on free speech. Marjorie Taylor Greene was one of the loudest voices to support him.

Chad Prather stood up for Baker’s journalistic integrity. “Every journalist should strive to be Stee Baker. This is a circus act. He embarrassed the DOJ and they should be ashamed. The emperor has no clothes and Steve called them out.”

Baker’s arrest follows the arrests of Owen Shroyer in Sep. 2023, and David Medina on Feb. 18, 2024. Both men, like Baker, are investigative journalists.