Ex-Director of Security for Senate Intel Committee arrested for lying to FBI
By: Pam Collins, Xiro Xone News June 8, 2018 Updated: 1:53 PM PT
Ex-Director of Security for the Senate Intelligence Committee James A. Wolfe was indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on 3 counts of making false statements to the FBI. Although the president referred to him as, “An important leaker,” investigators did not find that Wolfe leaked classified information, and was not charged with doing so.
The DOJ under the Trump administration have gone after people they believe to be leaking, classified information to the press.
But Wolfe was not charged with leaking classified information, only lying to the FBI. As part of the DOJ probe, Wolfe voluntarily testified when asked. During his testimony he was asked if he knew Ali Watkins, a reporter who worked at Buzzfeed, then Politico, before going to the New York Times.
A story appeared in Buzzfeed about a meeting between Trump campaign foreign policy aid, Cater Page, and a Russian Intelligence agent. The article was bylined, Ali Watkins.
After his testimony, the investigators showed him photos of himself with Watkins, then confronted him with emails and phone records between he and Watkins. One of the messages from Wolfe to Watkins read, “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.”
The indictment of Wolfe is of great concern to journalist who feel the tactics used by the DOJ is in violation of their constitutional rights, and interferes with a free press. The only reason the DOJ found out Wolfe had lied about knowing Ali Watkins, was the fact that they seized her emails and phone records without notifying her until after, the had them.