Former Senate Intel Staffer Indicted for Lying to FBI About Leaking to Media

The former director of security at the Senate Intelligence Committee James A. Wolfe was indicted Thursday night for lying to the FBI about contacts with reporters.

According to prosecutors,  Wolfe lied to the FBI in 2017 about his contact with three reporters. He also lied about sharing non-public information with two additional members of the press.

Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner after Wolfe’s arrest, “The Attorney General has stated that investigations and prosecutions of unauthorized disclosure of controlled information are a priority of the Department of Justice. The allegations in this indictment are doubly troubling as the false statements concern the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and confidential information.”

The statement continues on: “Those entrusted with sensitive information must discharge their duties with honesty and integrity, and that includes telling the truth to law enforcement.”

Earlier on Thursday, the New York Times reported that Wolfe’s case involved “an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records.”

The Wolfe case is also significant because, as the Times noted, “Mr. Wolfe’s case led to the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under President Trump.”

According to CNN, Wolfe will be arraigned on Friday.

Read the full indictment here.

Watch more above, via CNN.

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