Ex-Senate Intelligence Committee Aide Arrested for Lying to FBI About Providing Info to Reporters

By Allan Lengel

An ex-Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested on Thursday in an investigation of classified information leaks to reporters, the New York Times reports.

James A. Wolfe, 57, is charged with lying repeatedly to investigators about his contacts with three reporters. According to the authorities, Mr. Wolfe made false statements to the F.B.I. about providing two of them with sensitive information related to the committee’s work.

As part of the probe, prosecutors secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records, the Times reports, adding:

Mr. Wolfe’s case led to the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under President Trump. The seizure was disclosed in a letter to the Times reporter, Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with Mr. Wolfe. The seizure suggested that prosecutors under the Trump administration will continue the aggressive tactics employed under President Barack Obama.

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