Wolfe was accused of lying when he denied leaking to Watkins in connection with an article she wrote for a previous employer, BuzzFeed News, identifying former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as the target of a Russian espionage operation.
"We respect the important role that the press has and we give them respect, but it is not unlimited", Sessions said. She did not answer their questions.
Watkins had a relationship with James A. Wolfe, the Senate Intelligence Committee's retired director of security. During the relationship, the Justice Department claims Watkins was able to get scoops from Wolfe, despite telling them their relationship was professional.
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It is said that Kardashian West contacted Ivanka Trump first, in order to get help setting up a meeting with the president. In 2014 , the non-profit Can-Do, who advocates for clemency for non-violent drug offenders, began supporting her case.
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. The agents then showed Wolfe pictures showing him together with Watkins.
The seizures of the emails and records come after months of demands from Trump that the Justice Department take action against "leakers".
The committee leaders said they had fully cooperated with the investigation, including by making committee records available to the Justice Department.
DiGenova (pictured above left, beside Washington Examiner columnist Byron York), who was US attorney for the District of Columbia under President Ronald Reagan, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Friday on "The Ingraham Angle" that Wolfe could face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.
However, Wolfe was in regular contact with multiple journalists, including meeting them at restaurants, in bars and in a Senate office building, according to the Department of Justice.
The court papers indicate Watkins and Wolfe had a "personal relationship" dating back to 2014.
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In response to that decision, Garnder threatened to hold up future nominations for positions in the Department of Justice. For his part, Sessions told Colorado Public Radio that he was excluded from conversations between Trump and Gardner.
In a separate instance, the indictment said that Wolfe used the encrypted messaging app Signal to inform a female journalist he had served a person with a subpoena in the Russian Federation investigation, the government said. According to the indictment, Wolfe told the Federal Bureau of Investigation he didn't have contact with several reporters (including Watkins) who had been writing about Page. I always enjoyed the way that you would pursue a story, like nobody else was doing in my hallway.
"Whether it was really necessary here will depend on the nature of the investigation and the scope of any charges", MacDougall added.
"It certainly seems like the Justice Department may have violated these internal guidelines as part of this case, which require the Justice Department "exhaust" all other means of investigating before considering directly going after a journalist", Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, said in a statement. Late past year, Sessions said the department had 27 open leak investigations - dwarfing what had also been a high number of leak probes pursued by the Obama administration.
His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ducked questions early on about whether he would ever agree to subpoena a reporter in a leak investigation.
In an indictment unsealed late Thursday, prosecutors charged James Wolfe with three counts of making false statements to federal authorities. "The allegations in this indictment are doubly troubling as the false statements concern the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and confidential information", Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the Justice Department's top national security official, said in a statement.
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