Wolfe, 58, the panel's security director for 30 years, was accused of lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with four journalists and about whether he had provided confidential information to them.
RYAN LUCAS, BYLINE: Good morning.
SHAPIRO: OK, let's start with Manafort. He will have to appear in D.C. District Court on Tuesday afternoon. Now, these relate to the witness tampering allegations that the special counsel's office leveled against Manafort earlier this week.
Remember; prosecutors presented text messages and phone logs to support their arguments in that. I'll quickly say that Kilimnik is a very interesting character on his own.
LUCAS: Yet again, this increases the pressure on Manafort.
After Friday's hearing, Wolfe is on release, with conditions. Is Manafort ultimately going to decide to stop fighting the charges he faces and cooperate with the special counsel? Prosecutors said Saucier held a secret security clearance and "knew that the photos depicted classified material and that he was not authorized to take them".
"If you look at the young man - he went to jail over not-classified", Trump said on Friday, apparently referring to Kristian Mark Saucier, a Navy submariner who went to jail after he was caught taking unauthorized photographs in a classified area of a submarine. So again, we'll wait and see.
Investigators say Wolfe lied by repeatedly denying contacts with the reporters. Tell us about him. James Wolfe is the man's name.
Wolfe's position on the committee gave him access to classified and top secret information.
Wolfe, who is from Ellicott City, Md., was expected to appear in court on Friday, prosecutors said, but the AP says it was not immediately clear if he has retained a lawyer.
In a December FBI interview, Wolfe was asked whether he had had communication with three reporters, according to the indictment. He denied then being in contact with reporters, but, according to the indictment, he had communicated extensively with four reporters in part by using encrypted phone apps. 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.
It's clear from the context of the indictment that Watkins was the author of one story the FBI was investigating to determine who served as her source or sources. That was unsealed last night. Dana Priest, a Pultizer prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post said in a New York Times article by James Risen in 2016 that "Obama's attorney general allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use intrusive measures against reporters more often than any time in recent memory".
Court documents say the national security reporter was made aware February 13 that Justice Department officials obtained "years of records for two email accounts and a phone number of hers", in relation to its ongoing probe of James A. Wolfe. Turns out Wolfe had dated Watkins for three years and they had a history of private communications. He is already embroiled as the subject of a referral by the Justice Department inspector general for possible criminal prosecution.
Watkins' attorney, Mark MacDougall, had described the seizure as "disconcerting". The Committee to Protect Journalists slammed the move as "a fundamental threat to press freedom" and said it sets a "dangerous precedent".
The Freedom Forum Institute, a media rights organization, said the case is the first in the Trump administration in which a reporter's records have been seized. Trump of course has lashed out about leakers.
Federal prosecutors obtained reporters' records in several cases under President Barack Obama, but the Justice Department in Obama's second term adopted rules created to shield reporters in many circumstances. That's a really high number. He checked "no" even though records obtained by the government show that he had been in communication with one of them.