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Former Senate aide arrested for lying to the FBI

11 June 2018

He has served as lead counsel in various national security cases, including the representation of a former House Intelligence Committee staffer accused of leaking classified information to the media. "But I'm also a believer in classified information has to remain classified".

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.

Per the filing, Wolfe told "Reporter #3" on October 16 that he served Page with a subpoena, and the next day agreed to the reporter's request to provide Page's contact information.

Brad Dayspring, a Politico spokesman, said in a statement: "Ms. Watkins' primary beat during her short time at POLITICO was not the Senate Intelligence Committee, which we had two reporters covering, but national security and law enforcement, including topics relating to China, global spy games, and Cuba".

One of those scoops was said to be Watkins' story on April 3, 2017, for Buzzfeed News that revealed the FBI was investigating former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page because a Russian spy attempted to recruit him in 2013. "She published an article for BuzzFeed News on April 3, 2017, about the attempted recruitment of Mr. Page in which he confirmed the contacts". We advocated for them when insurance companies said no because they had a headache some years previously and now had a brain tumor and the insurance companies refused to cover it. Recently, he demanded immunity from Congress as a condition for answering questions about the actions of the Justice Department under his leadership.

Top Photo | James Wolfe, center, former director of security with the Senate Intelligence Committee, escorts former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to a secure room to continue his testimony on the 2016 election and his firing by President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017.

Watkins claims that Wolfe was not a source of classified information during their relationship. He would also meet at the reporter's apartment, court papers alleged. But when presented with a photograph of the two of them together, Wolfe acknowledged that he and Watkins had had a years-long romantic relationship. During his second term, the Justice Department adopted new rules limiting probes into reporters' records for many types of cases.

Sens. Richard Burr, R. -N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., the chair and vice chair, said they'd learned of the investigation late previous year and had "fully cooperated" with the authorities since then.

There is strong circumstantial evidence that Mr. Wolfe was also the source for a story that said Carter Page, a Trump campaign volunteer, had met with a Russian spy in NY in 2013.

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Wolfe made his first court appearance Friday in federal court in Baltimore, about 15 miles from his home.

Each false-statement count is punishable by up to five years in prison, though if convicted, Wolfe would likely face only a fraction of that time.

"Despite Wolfe's statements, Wolfe had, in truth, engaged in extensive contact with multiple reporters", the indictment reads.

Wolfe allegedly called "REPORTER #2" almost a half-hour after the story went live and had a phone conversation for about seven minutes.

In that story, Watkins reported that Trump campaign advisor Carter Page had met with and passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013. I always tried to give you as much Information (sic) that I could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else.

In a text message to the same unidentified reporter in December, Wolfe allegedly wrote: "I've watched your career take off even before you ever had a career in journalism".

"Whether it was really necessary here will depend on the nature of the investigation and the scope of any charges", MacDougall added. "Has there been an ongoing investigation here?"

"Any time that a journalist's ability to do their job is threatened in a manner such as this, it's a major concern", Politico spokesman Brad Dayspring said, according to the organization.

Former Senate aide arrested for lying to the FBI