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WASHINGTON (AP) — A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts he had with multiple reporters and is expected in federal court Friday in Baltimore.
James A. Wolfe, the longtime director of security for the committee — one of multiple congressional panels investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign — was indicted on three false statement counts after prosecutors say he misled agents about his relationships with reporters.
The article goes on to state the following:
Though Wolfe is not charged with disclosing classified information, prosecutors say he was in regular contact with multiple journalists who covered the committee, including meeting them at restaurants, in bars, private residences and in a Senate office building. He also maintained a yearslong personal relationship with one reporter, which prosecutors say he lied about until being confronted with a photograph of him and the journalist.
The indictment was announced on soon after The New York Times revealed that the Justice Department had secretly seized the phone records and emails of one of its journalists, Ali Watkins, as part of the same leak investigation involving Wolfe. The newspaper said Watkins was approached by the FBI about a three-year relationship she had had with Wolfe when she worked at other publications. The newspaper also said that Watkins said that Wolfe was not a source of classified information for her during their relationship.
President Trump responded to questions from reporters on the issue prior to his departure for the G7 Summit Friday morning:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 8, 2018
MAJOR issue going forward: The man indicted, James Wolfe, was responsible for “receiving, maintaining + managing all classified information provided to the SSCI by the Executive Branch of the United States.” What he knows is critical to National Security.
What else has he done? pic.twitter.com/EcepfU0rbG
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 8, 2018
NBC News reporter: James Wolfe, now indicted, lied to me about speaking with law enforcement pic.twitter.com/kz64BZF1OH
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 8, 2018
James Wolfe indicted pic.twitter.com/YkgHUm3xPR
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 8, 2018
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