DOJ investigating ex-Senate Intel staffer for leaking information

DOJ investigating ex-Senate Intel staffer for leaking information
© Greg Nash

The Justice Department is investigating a former staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee who allegedly made an unauthorized disclosure of information.

The probe came to light after the Senate quietly passed a resolution this week that would allow the committee to provide records to the Justice Department, which requested documents as part of the investigation.

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"The Select Committee on Intelligence has received a request from the Department of Justice for records pertinent to a pending investigation arising out of allegations of the unauthorized disclosure of information by a former employee of the Committee," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments Warren promises gradual move toward 'Medicare for All' in first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.) said in a statement in the Congressional Record.

"This resolution would authorize the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, acting jointly, to provide records in response to this request from the Department of Justice," McConnell added.

Neither the resolution nor the scant public comments from senators on the Justice Department probe, disclose who the former committee aide is, or what information they allegedly disclosed.

“As noted in the Senate Resolution, the Department of Justice has sought the assistance of the Committee in a pending investigation. The Committee is cooperating with the Department on this matter," Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNorth Carolina poised to pass new congressional maps Saagar Enjeti claims Pelosi's impeachment strategy could hurt 2020 Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi accuses Trump of 'bribery' in Ukraine dealings MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Microsoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data MORE (D-Va.) said in a joint statement Wednesday night.

Burr and Warner — the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, respectively — added that "any questions about the investigation should be directed to the Department of Justice.”

Similar to McConnell's statement, the Senate-passed resolution notes that the investigation arises "out of allegations of the unauthorized disclosure of information."