Former Senate aide sentenced to two months for lying to the FBI

By Daniel Uria

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A federal judge sentenced former Senate aide James Wolfe to two months in prison Thursday for lying to the FBI in 2017 as part of its investigation into government leaks to reporters.

In addition to the prison time U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered Wolfe, 57, to pay a $7,500 fine and complete four months of supervised release, during which he must complete 20 hours of community service a month, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced.


Under his plea agreement, the government moved to dismiss two remaining false statements counts at sentencing.

"I am beyond embarrassed, beyond humiliated," Wolfe said Thursday, according to The Washington Post. "I compounded the lapse in judgment by sharing information with reporters after that relationship ended. I lied to protect my wife, my sons, and selfishly I lied to protect myself and my job."

Wolfe added however that he "never compromised classified information, never jeopardized national security."

In October, Wolfe pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI in December 2017 when he denied that he had been in contact with any reporters while serving as director of security for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.


He later said he lied about his contact with three reporters and said he provided a fourth reporter with non-public information about Carter Page, an American oil industry consultant who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

Wolfe said he told the fourth reporter about Page's subpoena to testify before the intelligence committee, information that later was included in a national news article.

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