“I have known Jim Baker for many years, in and out of government,” Kris said on Saturday. “And I know him to be a person, and public servant, of the highest moral character and integrity.”

Jack Goldsmith, a former Assistant Attorney General who worked closely with Baker at the DOJ, said Baker operated “by the book” and is “a person of absolute integrity.”

Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, tweeted on Friday that “Jim was/is a wonderful PUBLIC servant.” Former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin agreed.