Report: House Dems want to expand CIA briefings

Greg Sargent reports that House Democrats are pushing to expand the number of lawmakers included in classified CIA briefings.

As it stands, only the "Gang of Eight" are briefed--the party leaders in each chamber, and the chairman and ranking members of the respective Intelligence Committees. The new proposal would allow all members of the Intelligence Committee to receive briefings.

The goal, apparently, is both to improve oversight and prevent intra-branch spats that cannot be confirmed, like Nancy Pelosi's recent fiasco with the CIA. The more people are briefed, the harder it will be for either side to miscontrue what happened.

Sargent suggests Republicans might oppose the proposal on the grounds that it would make leaks more likely. But then again...