Ex-Senate staffer James Wolfe wants to gag ‘glib’ President Trump:

Ex-Senate staffer James Wolfe wants to gag ‘glib’ President Trump:

His attorneys say the president’s remarks about the case could taint a jury pool.

WASHINGTON — A former Senate staffer accused of lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters will ask a federal court to bar President Donald Trump from making “improper and prejudicial” comments about the case, his attorney said Wednesday.

The legal maneuver was announced as James Wolfe, the longtime director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, pleaded not guilty to making false statements to investigators looking into leaks of sensitive information.

After the brief appearance in federal court in Washington, Wolfe attorney Preston Burton told reporters he planned to file a motion to restrict the president’s comments because he was concerned about “glib remarks by the president” that could taint the jury pool and jeopardize Wolfe’s right to a fair trial.

That apparently was a reference to Trump’s remarks earlier this week that Wolfe’s was “a very important leaker” and his arrest could be a “terrific thing.”

“I believe strongly in freedom of the press. I’m a big, big believer in freedom of the press,” Trump added. “But I’m also a believer in classified information. It has to remain classified.”

But as defense attorney Benjamin Klubes said outside court, “there is absolutely no allegation in this case that Mr. Wolfe leaked classified information.”


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