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Politics Senate intelligence aide charged in U.S. leak probe pleads not guilty in District federal court

23:15  13 june  2018
23:15  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON – Federal investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 U . S . election charged Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges in a 12-count indictment With unsecured bonds, they are released without having to pay but will owe money if they fail to appear in court .

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee appeared before a federal court Friday on charges that he lied about his contacts with reporters, a case President Donald Trump said could be a “terrific thing” as his administration tries to crack down on classified leaks .

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A former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington Wednesday as his attorneys said they would request a gag order in the case.

James A. Wolfe, 57, was indicted June 7 on three counts of making false statements after investigators swept up phone and email records of a New York Times reporter in an ongoing government crackdown on leaks.

“Not guilty,” Wolfe’s attorney, Preston Burton said at a 30-minute arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Deborah A. Robinson of the District of Columbia.

Ex-Senate aide charged with lying about reporter contacts, in court in Baltimore Friday

  Ex-Senate aide charged with lying about reporter contacts, in court in Baltimore Friday <p>James A. Wolfe was indicted on three false statement counts.</p>Load Error

Wolfe was indicted in the U . S . District Court for the District of Columbia and will presumably face trial before a federal judge in Washington, DC, but it appears he was arrested at or near his Ex- Senate aide from Ellicott City charged with lying about reporter contacts placed on supervised release.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) expressed disappointment following news of the indictment of a former committee aide who is charged with lying to investigators about media leaks .

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Free-press advocates have criticized prosecutors’ seizure of Times journalist Ali Watkins’s records as heavy-handled and warned it would chill disclosures of government misconduct. Watkins previously covered the committee, and had a now-ended romantic relationship with Wolfe, a 30-year committee veteran who retired as its director of security last month.

Wolfe’s responsibilities included managing day-to-day committee operations involving the secure handling, tracking and storage of its information, some of the most highly classified material provided to Congress.

The actions of a Customs and Border Protection agent who confronted Watkins about her confidential sources are being examined by the CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the agency said in a statement Tuesday. Watkins, 26, then was a reporter at Politico.

Former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer indicted on lying to FBI about classified documents

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He was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in federal court in the District of Columbia. Mr. Wolfe, a former Army intelligence analyst, stopped As part of that, the committee has reviewed reams of classified materials related to the election meddling and met with current and former Trump aides .

Wolfe appeared with private attorneys Burton and Benjamin B. Klubes of the Buckley Sandler law firm in Washington. They told Robinson it was “highly likely” they would ask a judge to bar the government and defense from making statements while the case is pending that would endanger Wolfe’s “right to an impartial and fair jury.”

Burton in court cited unspecified statements by unnamed Justice Department officials that he said suggested that Wolfe compromised classified information, a crime with which he was not charged, and “glib remarks” by President Trump that “prejudged Mr. Wolfe.”

“I’m a big, big believer in freedom of the press,” Trump said to reporters last week about Wolfe’s arrest. “But I’m also a believer in classified information. It has to remain classified.”

Klubes cited the president in a statement outside the courthouse following the hearing. “We intend to file a motion seeking an order from the court prohibiting the government, including at all levels -- that means including President Trump from making improper and prejudicial statements regarding this case.”

Justice Dept. considered relationship between reporter and source before secretly seeking records

  Justice Dept. considered relationship between reporter and source before secretly seeking records Former Senate staffer James Wolfe pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to lying to the FBI.In normal circumstances, they would have to notify the reporter of the subpoena before they used it. But Justice Department leaders worried that if they told Ali Watkins of their intentions, she might tip off the man, a former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, or take other steps that would upend the investigation, according to one of the people who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation.

A longtime staffer of the U . S . Senate Intelligence Committee was arrested on Thursday on charges of lying to FBI agents investigating the illegal disclosure of classified A spokesman for prosecutors said Wolfe did not enter a plea at a brief court hearing in Baltimore and was released on bail.

Federal investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 U . S . election charged President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide , Rick Gates, with money laundering on Monday. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges in a 12-count indictment

Klubes said Wolfe “never breached that trust” given him over his career with the Senate and as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. “We are going to vigorously defend Mr. Wolf against this unfair, unjustified prosecution,” he said, which also “raises serious questions about the First Amendment and freedom of the press.”

Wolfe is not charged with disclosing classified information, although investigators who interviewed him in December told him they were probing multiple unauthorized disclosures of classified data to one or more reporters, prosecutors said in court filings.

Wolfe was charged with lying about his contacts with four reporters, including Watkins, and about giving reporters “nonpublic information” about matters before the committee.

When he was questioned by the FBI, prosecutors charged, Wolfe denied contact with the other three reporters — one of whom co-wrote a story that prosecutors said contained classified information — and denied having a personal relationship with any reporter despite their years-long romantic involvement.

Indicted former Senate staffer appears in court as Russia leak probe set off partisan fireworks

  Indicted former Senate staffer appears in court as Russia leak probe set off partisan fireworks The former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee made an initial court appearance on Friday after his indictment on charges that he lied to federal investigators probing a leak of information about a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump. The indictment of James A. Wolfe, 57, indicates that FBI agents were trying to determine how reporters learned that Carter Page, the former Trump campaign aide, had contacts with Russian intelligence operatives. The contacts were revealed to the Senate committee by law enforcement officials in classified documents, according to the indictment, which was unsealed late Thursday after his arrest.

Federal investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 U . S . election charged President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide , Rick Gates, with money laundering on Monday. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges in a 12-count indictment

During an appearance in U . S . District Court in Washington on Wednesday, Candace Claiborne, 60, entered not guilty pleas to felony charges of making false statements to the FBI and obstructing an official proceeding. Ex- Senate Intelligence staffer indicted on charges of lying in leak probe .

The indictment does not name the co-authors of the article said to include classified information but alleges one communicated at least five times with Wolfe using his committee email account over an 18-month period,

Watkins was not named in the indictment and has declined to comment, but told the Times that Wolfe was “not a source of classified information” for her during their relationship, the newspaper has reported.

In addition to Politico, Watkins previously worked at BuzzFeed covering national security issues, including the Senate committee.

The indictment highlighted an April 3, 2017, BuzzFeed story by Watkins that identified former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as having met and passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative in New York in 2013.

Prosecutors alleged that on the day the Senate panel received information about Page, Wolfe and Watkins exchanged 82 texts and had a 28-minute phone call.

Wolfe was released pending his next hearing in the case set for June 19.

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