A constitutional attorney isn't surprised that the Justice Department has indicted a former Senate aide for leaking classified material to the media.
A federal indictment was handed down last week against James A. Wolfe, a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide. He is accused of leaking secret and top-secret classified information to multiple media sources. Wolfe was reported to have been arraigned in federal court on Friday and turned himself into the FBI Washington field office on Monday.
The indictment states that Wolfe, 57, repeatedly lied to the FBI when he was questioned about his involvement in leaking that classified information. Investigators also secretly seized years' worth of phone and email communications of New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, with whom Wolfe reportedly had a three-year relationship.
Matt Barber, co-founder and chief counsel of Christian Civil Rights Watch, says it should be no surprise that Wolfe was indicted.
"... He was clearly leaking evidence and is now indicted for lying to investigators. It is getting more and more interesting," he tells OneNewsNow. "[And] it's unprecedented – we've never seen this kind of soft coup attempt from within our own deep state government."
And Barber says "it remains to be seen" if federal authorities were justified in seizing the New York Times reporter's materials.
"We need more details on the government kind of grabbing all of this information from this reporter," he acknowledges. "But it may very well be in this case that it's justified – and it may be necessary in order to delve a little deeper into this conspiracy to unseat Donald Trump."
Wolfe's case is the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter's data by the Trump administration.