Former Senate Intel Staffer and Serial Leaker James Wolfe Sentenced to Only TWO MONTHS in Prison After Clapper Begs Judge for Leniency
On Thursday, former Senate Intel staffer and serial leaker and liar James Wolfe was sentenced to only two months in prison after James Clapper and Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein begged the judge for leniency.
Federal prosecutors were seeking two years prison time for James Wolfe, but Wolfe’s lawyers were asking for no prison time.
Former Intel Chief James Clapper, Chairman of the Senate Intel Committee Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) vouched for James Wolfe and begged the judge for leniency a couple weeks ago.
And the Obama-appointed judge delivered.
US District Judge Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson, an Obama appointee, was very kind to James Wolfe and said she’s concerned about prosecutors trying to use non-charged, non-criminal actions by Wolfe — being in touch with reporters and providing non-public info — to drive his sentence. Judge says having an affair and having contacts with reporters are not crimes.
The judge says she's concerned about prosecutors trying to use non-charged, non-criminal actions by Wolfe — being in touch with reporters and providing non-public info — to drive his sentence. Judge says having an affair and having contacts with reporters are not crimes
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) December 20, 2018
Judge Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson even sympathized with James Wolfe saying she could only imagine how scary if was for him to have FBI agents show up asking questions.
Wolfe gave an emotional statement to the judge before he was sentenced, reported legal reporter Zoe Tillman.
“Your honor, I am so sorry, I am beyond embarrassed, I am beyond humiliated, I am beyond mortified. Those actions and my false denials were critical lapses in judgment and a personal failure on my part. It is because of what have done, no one else, that I am before this court today. I have acknowledged what I have done, broken the rules of the committee, and then lied about it.”
Judge Jackson then sentenced Wolfe to only two months in prison for lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters.
As previously reported, James A. Wolfe, 57, was arrested in June of this year after the DOJ conducted an investigation into classified information leaks to reporters.
Wolfe repeatedly lied to investigators about his contacts with reporters and made false statements to the FBI.
The Justice Department also seized New York Times reporter, Ali Watkins years’ worth of phone and email records.
According to the NY Times, Ali Watkins was having a romantic relationship with the Senate Intel aide, Wolfe. Some of their communication back and forth took place before she was employed by The New York Times.
Wolfe pleaded guilty in October to one count of making a false statement to the FBI.
If you are in doubt whether we have a two-tiered justice system in this country, compare the way James Wolfe, a serial leaker and liar was treated compared to how General Flynn was treated.