Justice Department arrests Senate Intelligence Committee aide after seizing reporter’s phone and email records

By | 2018-06-09T04:39:53+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |18 Comments

And so it begins.

Courtesy of NYT:

A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested on Thursday in 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 former aide, James A. Wolfe, 57, was charged with lying repeatedly to investigators about his contacts with three reporters. According to the authorities, Mr. Wolfe made false statements to the F.B.I. about providing two of them with sensitive information related to the committee’s work. He denied to investigators that he ever gave classified material to journalists, the indictment said.

Mr. Wolfe, the Intelligence Committee’s director of security, was slated to appear before a federal judge on Friday in Washington. Reached on Thursday evening before his arrest, Mr. Wolfe declined to comment.

Mr. Wolfe’s case led to the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under President Trump. The seizure was disclosed in a letter to the Times reporter, Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with Mr. Wolfe. The seizure suggested that prosecutors under the Trump administration will continue the aggressive tactics employed under President Barack Obama.

Using that Obama excuse for these draconian actions may seem superfluous at first but unfortunately, the Obama Administration did set a precedent, which seemed to be mostly directed at Fox News of course.  

And after receiving negative media attention for aggressively pursuing leakers, the Obama Administration introduced stricter guidelines as to when and how the FOJ could seize reporters records for an investigation. 

It does not seem that the Trump DOJ is respecting those guidelines. 

It should also be recognized that President Obama was not openly hostile to the press and did not talk about punishing reporters like Donald Trump has done on multiple occasions. 

It just feels like this is yet another step down a very slippery path. 

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Anthony Bourdain and President Obama once shared a memorable $6 meal in Vietnam

    https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1005161732900175872

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%22Anthony+Bourdain%22

    Devastating news today

  2. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Putin owns us. No one believes this. I say it everyday. It’s how he managed to take over his country. This seizing of records is just one of the many signs that America is no longer the America that people think they are living in. And when it comes to their front door don’t anyone say boo hoo. We are being warned, reminded and witnessing each day that Donald single handedly hands over our rights as so called free citizens. Pretty soon, we just nod and bow our heads because the machine of disemboweling our democracy started the night Trump won, and won’t be stopped. But do not say we were not warned.

    • Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Mr. Wolfe was the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Director of Security.

      Let that sink in for a moment. The Director of Security…. for the Senate Intelligence Committee…. leaking classified information, and then lied to the FBI.

      Again. Director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee. Leaking information. Lying to the FBI.

      Big no no.

  3. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Democrats Move To Cut Off Trump From Pardoning Himself Or His Family

    …“The Lieu/Pascrell Resolution of Inquiry would ask the White House and direct the Attorney General Jeff Sessions to provide to the House any documents, recordings, memos, records, or other communications relating to any pardon Donald Trump has issued or has considered issuing, including those potentially involving Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and anyone else including Trump’s family and himself.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/06/08/democrats-trump-pardon.html

    • Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Honest question…do you honestly think that Keebler Elf Sessions is going to hand over anything??
      Not on your life.

  4. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Mueller Sends A Message To Trump By Indicting Manafort For Obstruction of Justice

    Robert Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Paul Manafort for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/06/08/mueller-manafort-trump-obstruction-justice.html

  5. Anomymous June 8, 2018 at 12:17 pm
  6. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    ‘I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.’

    Charles Krauthammer Announces He Has Weeks to Live

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-note-to-readers/2018/06/08/3512010c-6b24-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html

  7. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm
  8. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Goddamn these motherfuckers to hell. They deserve everything they are dealing out to refugee children, the sick and the vulnerable, in a pit of fire, for eternity.

    The Trump administration just told a court that it will not defend the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Not satisfied with the huge tax cuts, Republicans now want to offer human sacrifices to the top one percent.

    JUST IN: On a party-line vote, @HouseGOP passed the Trump-GOP rescissions package that eliminates Children’s Health Insurance Program funding and cuts programs that create jobs & strengthen communities.

    https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/gop-attacking-healthcare-again-war

    • Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Trump’s legal attack on the ACA isn’t about health care. It’s a war on the rule of law.

      In an unexpected move, the Justice Department filed a brief Thursday night urging a Texas court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s crucial insurance reforms — including the prohibition on refusing to cover people with preexisting conditions. Although the ACA is not in immediate peril, the brief represents a blow to the integrity and independence of the Justice Department. It also displays the Trump administration’s contempt for the rule of law.

      https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/6/8/17442238/trump-aca-obamacare-texas-department-of-justice-rule-of-law

    • anonymous June 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      “They’re thinking about people who are fighting their immigration cases as criminals, and that is really problematic.” “When you come and you apply for asylum, there’s nothing illegal about that. The idea that people in those circumstances need to be detained at all seems to me wrong. But certainly that they need to be detained in a prison that’s intended for criminal confinement—it’s just wrong.” “Trump administration’s effort to consider the immigration system entirely as a criminal justice system, which it is not and never has been.” “Prisons are places for people who have been convicted. We are talking about non-criminal detainees. It’s crossing an important symbolic bridge.” aka Border line…

    • anonymous June 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      OT-FYI ” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) reacted to leading Republicans denouncing “spygate” by accusing Gowdy and Ryan of aiding the nefarious anti-Trump “deep state.”

      “These are games that are being played by the some of the Mueller cartel at DOJ,” Gohmert said. “As long as we have a special counsel who will not even confess as to his limits, then this is going to continue to be a problem. As long as we have Republicans in the leadership positions who think it’s okay to have Orwellian spies spy on presidential campaigns of one party, then we have bigger problems than just the briefing.”” Gohmert replied. “… I mean, Harris, we’re talking about complete transition from a self-governing society to one where the deep state controls no matter who’s the president, and that is why what we are doing is so very important.”

      “It’s a danger when you have somebody like Mueller that grabs people they don’t like and then tries to find a crime,” . During an interview with Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) openly mused about removing Ryan from his role as House Speaker ahead of November’s elections.

      “You know I run in the more conservative circles of the House and I have never up until this point heard a single person talk about removing Speaker Ryan from the speakership,” Gaetz said. “Today, for the first time, I was hearing colleagues say, ‘Well, you know, if Speaker Ryan won’t stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing an intelligence community against a presidential campaign, do we need to look at other choices?’”

      https://thinkprogress.org/gohmert-says-ryan-and-gowdy-part-of-deep-state-spygate-criticism-170587f21d24/

  9. anonymous June 9, 2018 at 8:06 am

    “Department of Homeland Security discovered “rogue” surveillance equipment located near the White House like International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers and stingrays, devices designed to imitate legitimate cell towers and trick phones into providing sharing a user’s communications.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/unknown-hacker-broke-into-john-kellys-email?ref=home

    JohnKelly!

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