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The New York Times is reassigning a reporter at the center of a controversial leak investigation whose phone records were seized by federal prosecutors.

Ali Watkins, 26, will be transferred to the newspaper’s main office in New York City, where she will be given a new beat and a mentor, the Times reported on Tuesday.

The article goes on to state the following:

The Times began an internal review of Watkins after it learned of her three-year relationship with James Wolfe, 57, an aide on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Watkins covered the intelligence beat for the Times and had previously covered it for other news organizations.

Wolfe was arrested last month as part of a leak investigation. Federal prosecutors also seized Watkins’s phone and email records as part of that probe.

The report also stated:

The situation has also raised ethical questions for journalists given Watkins’s relationship with Wolfe.

Baquet wrote in his memo that the Times was “troubled by Ali’s conduct, particularly while she was employed by other news organizations.” Watkins joined the Times in December.

“For a reporter to have an intimate relationship with someone he or she covers is unacceptable,” he wrote.

Baquet said the new beat would give Watkins “a fresh start.”

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