The GOP Won’t Have Nancy Pelosi to Kick Around Anymore

Looks like House Democrats may have come up with a going-forward solution to the tug of war between Congress and the CIA over who got briefed about what, and what was said, and when:

Dems on the House Intelligence Committee have drafted a new bill that would strip the President of his authority to limit such briefings to the so-called “Gang of Eight” — the leaders of the House and Senate from both parties, and the leaders of the Congressional Intelligence committees — and allow a larger group of members of Congress to attend.

The move, which is being championed internally by House Intel chair Silvestre Reyes, would also compel the CIA to keep a far more detailed record of these briefings, though these details still need to be worked out. The source, who is familiar with the contents of the bill, confirmed the details to me.

The new measure — which would mean as many as two dozen members of Congress would be kept abreast of CIA covert actions — would lessen the likelihood of he-said-she-said arguments over what the CIA told Congress, such as those that have erupted over what Nancy Pelosi was told and when.

It could also spark a battle with Republicans, who may charge that increasing the number of people with knowledge of covert actions could compromise our security.

Nah. That would be the Republicans trying to have their cake and eat it, too. They’d never do that.

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