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Former Senate staffer indicted for lying to the FBI

Chairman Richard Burr, right, Sen. Joe Manchin, center, and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner, arrive for Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty

The Justice Department announced late Thursday that a former employee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has been accused and arrested for lying to FBI special agents about his ongoing communications with three reporters by way of encrypted messaging applications. According to authorities, he also made false statements about providing two reporters with sensitive information related to the committee’s work.

The details: A federal grand jury indicted the longtime director, James Wolfe, on three counts of making fraudulent statements to authorities in the midst of an investigation into an unlawful disclosure of classified information while he was the director of security for the SSCI — a position he held for almost 30 years.