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U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

The House Intelligence Committee is gearing up for a potential court battle over a controversial whistleblower complaint that a top Democrat believes is likely linked to President Donald Trump.

After a four-hour, closed-door briefing with inspector general of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson, committee chairman Adam Schiff said the Department of Justice is involved in preventing lawmakers from learning about the contents of the complaint, claiming that it involves privileged information.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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