White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that chief of staff John Kelly planned to "immediately" schedule a meeting with the officials and leaders of Congress to "review highly classified and other information they have requested".
Republicans on Nunes' House Intelligence Committee said they found no evidence to support the conclusion that Russian Federation sought to help Trump - who ran as a Republican.
Sanders had said earlier that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were expected to gather at the White House on Monday afternoon for a discussion aimed at addressing congressional requests.
But Democrats said special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign should be protected and that confidential FBI information should not be shared with Congress. The informant was never "embedded" in the campaign, contrary to Trump's claims.
The president dismissed the Times' story and repeated his charge that Mueller's team of investigators is populated by "heavily conflicted Democrats" and people who had worked for Obama.
"With the revelations that our campaign may have been the subject of surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the president I think is grateful that the Department of Justice is going to have the inspector general look into it and determine and ensure that there was no surveillance done for political purposes against our campaign", Pence said. Although Sanders said the Justice Department had requested the inspector general probe "b$3 ased on the meeting with the President", the department had actually decided to make that request after the president tweeted about the matter on Sunday. The panel didn't publicize the subpoena, but the Justice Department released a letter it sent to Nunes rejecting the request for information "regarding a specific individual".
Both moves highlighted the heightened political stakes surrounding the year-old probe, as Mueller seeks to interview Trump himself amid growing chances of an impeachment effort against the president if evidence of collusion and obstruction of justice is found.
Rather than push back and defend the rule of law, Justice tried to mollify the president by at least appearing to give him what he wants.
Trump's ire on Sunday seems to have been ignited by a New York Times article on Saturday that revealed the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., three months before the election had met with an emissary for two rich Arab princes, an Israeli social media expert and a Republican, who were offering to help the Trump campaign.
Trump touted his administration's temporary truce with China on trade, tweeting that "Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time".
Delgado, who became notorious during the presidential transition for her admission of a sexual affair and a pregnancy by a married Trump-campaign official, called the claim that the Obama administration was engaged in a political spy operation "embarrassing".