The New York Times is reviewing the work history of reporter Ali Watkins after her email and phone records were seized by prosecutors as part of a federal leak investigation -- and her romantic relationship with a former Senate aide at the center of the probe was made public.
Watkins, who joined the Times in December, had a romantic relationship with then-Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe, 57, that ended last year.
But before joining the New York Times, the 26-year-old reporter covered the Senate Intelligence Committee for Politico, BuzzFeed News, the Huffington Post and McClatchy (as an intern).
In December of last year – only days before Watkins began her job with The New York Times – she also was approached by FBI agents and questioned about her relationship with Wolfe.
Wolfe, the longtime director of security for the Senate intelligence committee, made a brief appearance in federal court in Baltimore last Friday, where he was released from custody and ordered to appear at the federal courthouse in Washington on Wednesday for his arraignment.