"Over the last several days, there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified national security information", the pair wrote in their letter to Michael E. Horowitz, the DOJ's inspector general.
"Generally, collection activities by intelligence agencies are classified, as are the products that result from those activities", Chaffetz and Goodlatte wrote.
Earlier this week, Chaffetz sent a letter to the White House questioning security protocols at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after the president and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed North Korea's recent ballistic missile test in a public setting.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, who is leading his panel's wide-ranging investigation into Russian Federation and the election, plans to ask the FBI to assess leaks regarding Trump administration officials and classified information, an aide confirmed.
"From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked".
"Chairman Chaffetz appears to be taking his marching orders directly from President Trump's tweet yesterday", Cummings said in a statement on Thursday. "It's a criminal action, criminal act".
"I think the standard is still the same", said Chaffetz, who helped lead a congressional investigation into the Benghazi terror attack that led to the disclosure of Hillary Clinton's classified email system.
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy.
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said after the meeting that Democrats also want the Justice Department to continue investigating the allegations that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 election in an attempt to help Trump win. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., now the attorney general, recluse himself from the proceedings. But Republican leaders continue to refuse to consider that option and said three congressional investigations underway were enough.