The role of the informant, who has been identified in multiple media reports as Stefan Halper, an American academic and former staffer in the Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, has come under scrutiny by some Republicans, who have expressed concern that the Obama administration sought to spy on the Trump campaign. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In the letter addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the Democratic leaders argued that the meeting could create an opportunity for Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill to "prematurely access investigatory information and selectively leak national security secrets" in order to distort the facts about the Russian Federation investigation, which has already yielded almost two dozen indictments.
Trump himself has suggested that his campaign was infiltrated by government agents for political purposes.
The White House said later on Wednesday that while Thursday's Justice Department briefing for Republican lawmakers only would go ahead as scheduled, "a separate meeting of the bipartisan Gang of 8 with DOJ, law enforcement and intelligence officials" would also take place before Memorial Day.
The president is also calling for a meeting Thursday with top DOJ officials, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and key congressional Republicans.
The "Gang of Eight" consists of Schumer; Pelosi; Nunes; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.); Sen.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump's claim of an embedded spy "nonsense".
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Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House intelligence committee, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russian Federation investigation. Trump fired Comey over the bureau's Russian Federation investigation. They go after Phony Collusion with Russian Federation, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!
President Donald Trump on Wednesday, continued to defend claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation might have used an informant to gather information.
Comey on Wednesday accused congressional Republicans of "lying" about the FBI's work. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"
Trump told reporters in response: "What I'm doing is a service to this country and I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey". It's unclear exactly what the members will be allowed to review or if the Justice Department will be providing any documents to Congress.
The back and forth between the Justice Department and Congress began with a classified subpoena from Nunes in late April.
President Donald Trump said he is "cleaning" up the Department of Justice.