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Post by Dan1100 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:22 pm

This is new. Not sure where it fits in.

Jim Wolfe was head of security (??) for the Senate Intelligence Committee. He has been charged with 3 counts of lying to the FBI about whether he had contact with certain people/reporters related to leaking classified information given to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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NEW: Federal law enforcement officials secretly seized years’ worth of an NYT’s reporter’s phone/email records in an investigation of classified leaks. It was the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under Trump

2. Jim Wolfe, the longtime head of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, has been arrested on charges of lying to federal investigators. Wolfe lied to FBI agents last December about his repeated unauthorized contacts with three reporters.
https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/form ... ts-charges [link is DOJ press release]

3. Here's the full indictment. Male #1 in the indictment is Carter Page. https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-r ... 6/download


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:37 pm

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Post by kate520 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:23 am

Do we know who the reporters are?


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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:39 am

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Top Senate staffer arrested in leak probe, after NY Times reporter's records are seized

The former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee had been in three-year relationship with a New York Times reporter.


WASHINGTON — A longtime staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee has been arrested on charges of lying to investigators probing the potential leaking of classified information, the Justice Department announced Thursday night.

A federal grand jury indicted the staffer, James A. Wolfe, 58, on three counts of making false statements in December about contacts with reporters, including providing sensitive information related to the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which he served as security director for 29 years. He was arrested Thursday and is expected to appear in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on Friday.

His arrest comes just one day after the full Senate, with little advance notice, quietly authorized the committee to cooperate with the Justice Department regarding what was described only as an “investigation arising out of allegations of the unauthorized disclosure of information.” The 15 members of the committee were briefed on the circumstances of the investigation Monday night.

Also Thursday evening, The New York Times reported that the telephone and electronic communications of one of its reporters were seized by the Justice Department in February as part of the investigation. The reporter, Ali Watkins, declined to comment.
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The Hill: Justice Department seizes NYTimes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report
CNN: Veteran of Senate Intel Committee arrested for lying to investigators in leak investigation
BuzzFeed News: A Former Senior Senate Intelligence Committee Staffer Has Been Charged With Lying About Contacts With Reporters


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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:26 am

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Ex-Senate staffer faces charges in leak investigation ...

The indictment alleges that on March 17, 2017, U.S. intelligence agencies provided a classified document to the Senate Intelligence Committee. As director of security, Wolfe received the document. On that day, the indictment states, Wolfe exchanged 82 text messages with Watkins and that evening had a 28-minute phone call with her.

On April 3, Watkins, then a reporter for BuzzFeed News, authored a story that revealed that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page had been in contact with at least one Russian spy working undercover in New York in 2013. That day, before and after the article appeared online, Wolfe and Watkins exchanged “approximately 124 electronic communications,” the indictment states. And about 20 minutes after the article posted, the two had a cellphone call that lasted seven minutes.

On Dec. 15, 2017, FBI agents asked Wolfe about Watkins’s article and he “denied knowing about the reporter’s sources” for the piece, the indictment stated. The agents then showed Wolfe pictures showing him together with Watkins. Wolfe then admitted lying to the FBI and that he had a personal relationship with Watkins since 2014, but he said that he had “never disclosed” classified information to her, or any news leads or non-public information about committee matters, the indictment states.

The indictment alleges Wolfe also had contact with three other reporters, referred to only as Reporter #1, Reporter #3 and Reporter #4. According to the indictment, Wolfe lied about having had contact with the reporters between December 2015 and December 2017.


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Post by kate520 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:40 am

He’s fucked. So’s she.

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Post by AndyinPA » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:57 am

I am pretty sure that over the last year or two I've read essays written by him. When I search his name, all I get now are articles about the indictment, but I didn't dig too deeply. He seemed to be pretty disgusted by what has become of the republican party. He seemed to have his head on straight, and I was impressed by what I read. I think he may have been an occasional guest on MSNBC (maybe Rachel's program?). This may be part of the reason he did what he's accused of. That's if he's the same person I'm thinking of.



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Post by Till Eulenspiegel » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:32 am

kate520 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:40 am
He’s fucked. So’s she.

Thanks, Addie.
Maybe fuckin' played a major role in this affair.


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Post by kate520 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:36 am

Andy I m with you. There really can’t be any other reason. He’s been there since well a really long time, no indication he’d done this before.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:02 pm

I don't believe any of the reporters can be prosecuted for publishing what was provided to them. Wolfe's ex girlfriend may only be in trouble if she lied to investigators (18 U.S. Code § 1001).



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Post by Judge Roy Bean » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:18 pm

IIRC, that committee is the only senate committee that shares staff across the party lines - all the other committee staffs report to members of one of the parties. I have yet to see someone identify him as a republican or democrat.

Either way, the media will have a field day putting their spin on it. :popcorn:


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Post by SLQ » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:38 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:02 pm
I don't believe any of the reporters can be prosecuted for publishing what was provided to them. Wolfe's ex girlfriend may only be in trouble if she lied to investigators (18 U.S. Code § 1001).
Thank you. I was wondering about that.



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Post by AndyinPA » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:29 pm

Judge Roy Bean wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:18 pm
IIRC, that committee is the only senate committee that shares staff across the party lines - all the other committee staffs report to members of one of the parties. I have yet to see someone identify him as a republican or democrat.

Either way, the media will have a field day putting their spin on it. :popcorn:
If he's who I think he is, he's a very disillusioned republican.



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Post by Maybenaut » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:18 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:02 pm
I don't believe any of the reporters can be prosecuted for publishing what was provided to them. Wolfe's ex girlfriend may only be in trouble if she lied to investigators (18 U.S. Code § 1001).
I’m not sure I agree with that. I’m on the tiny screen right now, but I may look at this later this evening. I think the Supreme Court in the Pentagon papers case never reached a conclusion about weather whether* reporters could be prosecuted. But there is a federal law against receiving classified information if you’re not authorized to have it.

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Top Senate staffer arrested in leak probe, after NY Times reporter's records are seized
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James Wolfe, left, director of security with the Senate Intelligence Committee, escorts Jared Kushner with his lawyer Abbe Lowell after a closed-door interview with investigators on Capitol Hill on July 24, 2017.J. Scott Applewhite / AP file
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/to ... er-n881186

Longtime U.S. Senate intel panel staffer indicted for allegedly lying to FBI

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FILE PHOTO: James Wolfe, a longtime staffer of the Senate Intelligence Committee, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/Files
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Post by RVInit » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:11 pm

AndyinPA wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:29 pm
Judge Roy Bean wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:18 pm
IIRC, that committee is the only senate committee that shares staff across the party lines - all the other committee staffs report to members of one of the parties. I have yet to see someone identify him as a republican or democrat.

Either way, the media will have a field day putting their spin on it. :popcorn:
If he's who I think he is, he's a very disillusioned republican.
If he was a Democrat we would know about it. The Republicans on the committee would be screeching it all over Fox and the other rwnj media.


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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:31 pm

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Former Senate Intel Staffer Charged With Lying About Leaks Pleads Not Guilty

The former senior Senate Intelligence committee staffer charged with lying to federal investigators about leaks pleaded not guilty in front of a federal magistrate judge in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

James Wolfe, who was the director of security for the committee, allegedly lied to FBI agents who asked him in December whether he had been in contact with reporters covering Senate Intel activities and whether he had provided them any committee-related information, according to an indictment unveiled by the Justice Department last week. ...

Wolfe was arrested Thursday, appeared in a federal court in Maryland Friday, and turned himself in to the FBI field office in D.C. for booking on Monday. As a condition of his release, any domestic travel outside Washington, Maryland or Northern Virginia requires the notification of pretrial services. Travel outside the U.S. requires court approval.

Wolfe also is required to alert the government if he seeks a job that deals with classified information.

The next hearing in the case is Tuesday, June 19, in front of U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.


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So, how would that work? :think:


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Post by much ado » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:41 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:32 pm
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So, how would that work? :think:
I don't know... Break his fingers?



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Post by Flatpointhigh » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:46 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:02 pm
I don't believe any of the reporters can be prosecuted for publishing what was provided to them. Wolfe's ex girlfriend may only be in trouble if she lied to investigators (18 U.S. Code § 1001).
I doubt that - she was upfront with the Times about her relationship with him.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:08 pm

Volkonski wrote:
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So, how would that work? :think:
Under the theory of the "unified executive," where Trump runs everything including DoJ, I suppose the judge could order all of the "prosecutors" and the "executive" to STFU. And then hold Trump in contempt when he violates the order.

Well, that's how it would work in theory.



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Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:08 pm
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Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:32 pm
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A former Senate staffer accused of lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters will ask a federal court to bar President Trump from making "improper and prejudicial" comments about the case, his attorney says.

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So, how would that work? :think:
Under the theory of the "unified executive," where Trump runs everything including DoJ, I suppose the judge could order all of the "prosecutors" and the "executive" to STFU. And then hold Trump in contempt when he violates the order.

Well, that's how it would work in theory.
Holding Trump in contempt wouldn't cure the unfairness of Trump shooting off his mouth and prejudicing the jury. I think dismissal would end up being the only remedy.

Making the motion does preserve it for appeal at least, because you know that Trump is going to shoot his mouth off about it.


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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:19 pm

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Senate staffer charged with lying to FBI requests Trump gag order

(CNN) James Wolfe, former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee charged with lying to FBI agents, filed a motion on Tuesday to prevent anyone involved with his case -- up to and including President Donald Trump -- from speaking publicly about the case.

In the filing, Wolfe's attorneys say comments made by Trump and senior Justice Department officials "have threatened Mr. Wolfe's right to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment" with an impartial jury and the presumption of innocence.
Last week Trump told reporters that "It's very interesting that they caught a leaker ... it's a very important leaker."

Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement last week that the allegations were "doubly troubling as the false statements concern the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and confidential information."

Wolfe's attorneys pointed to those two statements in their motion, noting that Wolfe has not been charged with leaking classified information. Wolfe has been charged on three counts of giving false statements to the FBI about providing two reporters with non-public information related to the matters occurring before the committee. ...

Wolfe's right "to an impartial jury and the presumption of innocence have been jeopardized by President Trump's comments about the merits of this case," Klubes said.


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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:24 am

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Senators bracing for subpoenas in criminal case of former Hill aide

Washington (CNN) A former Senate aide charged with lying to the FBI has privately reached out to senators to seek their help in his criminal trial, raising the prospect that they may be subpoenaed to testify, Senate sources told CNN.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have received letters from the legal team of the panel's former head of security, James Wolfe, asking if they would assist in his defense, either as a character witness or to help rebut the allegations made by federal authorities.

Whether any will cooperate is an open question. But if they refuse, it could prompt a legal fight over whether provisions under the "speech or debate" clause of the Constitution -- designed to protect lawmakers over Executive Branch interference -- could allow them to avoid taking the stand in what could be a messy criminal trial.

The issue could come up Thursday at a status hearing for Wolfe, where a trial date is likely to be set. After the trial date is set, senators and potentially reporters who were in contact with Wolfe could be hit with subpoenas.


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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:40 am

Related case. Does it need another thread?

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Trump administration sued over seizure of journalist’s records

A media organization in the Bay Area sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its seizure of phone and email records of a New York Times reporter who, during a relationship with a Senate Intelligence Committee aide, unearthed a Russian attempt to recruit a future Trump campaign adviser.

The reporter, Ali Watkins, was working for other news outlets during her three-year relationship with Senate staffer James Wolfe, who was charged by the Justice Department in April with lying to the FBI when he denied giving classified information to reporters. He has pleaded not guilty.

The lawsuit, filed by the First Amendment Coalition in San Francisco federal court, seeks an explanation from the Justice Department for its failure to notify Watkins before obtaining six months of her phone records and up to two years of her emails from telecommunications providers. The seizure of the records was reported publicly in June.

Government acquisition of journalists’ personal, confidential records “threatens the ability of reporters to carry out their mission, enshrined under the United States Constitution, to report on matters of public interest and to hold the government accountable,” lawyers for the media organization, based in San Rafael, said in the suit.

They said it was the first reported seizure of journalists’ records by the Trump administration.



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