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Senate intelligence staffer linked to 'New York Times' reporter pleads not guilty in leak probe

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Senate aide pleads not guilty in leak probeA veteran former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of lying repeatedly to FBI agents investigating his contacts with journalists as part of a larger inquiry into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

The case against James A. Wolfe, 57, the Senate panel's longtime director of security, was unsealed Thursday. He is charged with three counts of making false statements to agents who seized emails and phone records belonging to a New York Times reporter as part of the investigation.

The staffer's attorneys said they would "vigorously defend Wolfe against this unfair and unjustified prosecution," adding that they would also seek a far-reaching gag order that would prohibit government officials, including President Trump, from making "prejudicial statements" about the case.

Asked about Wolfe's arrest last week, Trump referred to the staffer as "a very important leaker" and that his prosecution could prove to be a "terrific thing."

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