Senate Intel Committee veteran arrested for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation over leaks

President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House

President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House

In an indictment unsealed late Thursday, prosecutors charged James Wolfe with three counts of making false statements to federal authorities.

The Post suggests that Watkins' relationship with Wolfe may have created conflicts of interest, particularly when she worked at McClatchy, because she reportedly didn't inform the outlet of the relationship.

Wolfe will be processed Monday morning at the FBI's Washington field office, and appear at a hearing on the charges in US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, Coulson ordered. It criticized the Justice Department's secret seizure of phone records, email records, saying the decision will basically endanger the ability of reporters to promise confidentiality to their sources and ultimately to be able to report the news and shine light on government action.

Burr and Warner said they were made aware of the investigation late previous year and have fully cooperated with the FBI and Justice Department.

The indictment says that around December 2017 but before he was interviewed by the FBI, Wolfe sent a text message to "REPORTER #2", presumed to be Watkins.

The content of those communications was not obtained.

President Donald Trump's administration excels at muddying the water, and the arrest of a former Senate aide, following an inquiry in which federal agents seized records from a New York Times reporter, might be its best work yet.

The Intelligence Committee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to give DOJ documents "in connection with a pending investigation arising out of the unauthorized disclosure of information".

But the government says that Wolfe was in frequent communication with several journalists by phone, through encrypted messaging apps and in meetings at bars and restaurants.

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But what happened under Obama set an ominous tone for reporters who were trying to do their jobs of informing the public. But she only learned that her records had been seized when she received a letter from the Justice Department in February.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in August that the Justice Department was "reviewing our policies affecting media subpoenas". He left the organization in December and formally retired in May, reported the New York Times.

Wolfe later admitted that he lied to investigators about having contact with one of the reporters after investigators furnished a picture of he and the reporter, according to the indictment. He claims that his boss, at the time Federal Bureau of Investigation director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyOur "Not Me" politics of personal grievance The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by PhRMA - Washington's week of "we'll see" Former Navy sailor pardoned by Trump says he shouldn't be subject to different standard than Hillary Clinton MORE, knew and either explicitly or implicitly approved of the leak.

"Whether it was really necessary here will depend on the nature of the investigation and the scope of any charges", MacDougall said in a statement. "I'm a very big believer in freedom the press but i'm also a believer that you can not leak classified information", he told reporters in Washington on Friday.

Watkins wrote an article past year, for example, revealing that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative in 2013. That from federal prosecutors on Thursday.

Responding to the revelation, Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed News, tweeted, "We're deeply troubled by what looks like a case of law enforcement interfering with a reporter's constitutional right to gather information about her own government".

Investigators seized years worth of Watkins' telephone and email metadata - information about who she communicated with and when. He is further accused of lying about providing two reporters with "non-public information related to matters occurring before the [committee]", the statement read.

Wolfe had extensive contact with reporters about 'MALE-1, ' who was reportedly identified as Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser. Neither the reporter nor the person who was subpoenaed is named in the indictment.

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