Jeffrey A. Rambo, a Customs and Border Protection agent, is being investigated for confronting a reporter covering national security issues about her confidential sources. Rambo’s actions are being examined by the CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.
According to the Washington Post, Rambo, contacted journalist Ali Watkins last June after the Trump administration started its investigations into unauthorized leaks to reporters. Rambo met with Watkins at a restaurant in Washington after initially contacting her by email.
However, after Rambo arrived, he said the administration was “eager to investigate journalists and learn the identity of their confidential sources to stanch leaks of classified information,” the Washington Post reported. He questioned Watkins about her reporting and how she received her information, according to the people familiar with the incident.
Rambo is now under investigation for “unorthodox behavior,” according to the Washington Post. “It’s highly unusual for government investigators to question reporters about their sources, and national security leaks are generally investigated by the FBI, not CBP.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rambo is Being Investigated by U.S. Customs & Border Protection Officials for Employee Misconduct
During his meeting with Watkins, Rambo also had a sheet of information on Wolfe, as well as details on the “Senate staffer’s current wife and his ex-wife,” according to the Washington Post.
Rambo allegedly also tried to enlist Watkins help while the administration attempted to crack down on leaks, the Post reports.
As part of the current investigation, law enforcement officials seized years’ worth of Watkins’s phone and email records. Watkins, who is now a reporter at the New York Times, told the paper that Wolfe was not a source of classified information for her reporting.