May 23, 2018

Pelosi, Schumer want Democrats included in FBI informant meeting

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democratic congressional leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged the FBI and Justice Department to include top lawmakers from both parties at a highly sensitive meeting about the Russia investigation, instead of the two House Republicans the White House invited.

This meeting is completely improper in its proposed form and would set a damaging precedent for our institutions and the rule of law. 
— Pelosi and Schumer wrote in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray

The details: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will meet with top intelligence and law enforcement officials to discuss classified intel related to an F.B.I. informant who contacted members of the Trump campaign in the early days of the Russia probe.

  • As Axios' David Nather notes, it's now clear from multiple reports that the FBI had an informant who talked to two campaign advisers, but not that the informant was planted on the inside.

The other side: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Democrats will not attend the meeting coordinated by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly because "my understanding is they haven't been the ones requesting this information."

Go deeper: Read the letter Pelosi's and Schumer's joint letter here

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The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

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Clashes erupted between law enforcement and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.