Knowledge is power, especially in Washington, D.C.
That’s why it’s been a bit unusual for members of Congress (who are not involved in a scandal) to claim ignorance.
Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) tweeted, “Not quite!”
Others who disputed Obama’s account included freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Sens. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiAfter 30 years celebrating women’s history, have we made enough progress? DC restaurant owners sue Trump hotel over unfair competition: report Meet the Trump pick who could lead Russia probe MORE (D-Md.) and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDem senator: Credibility of House Russia probe ‘in shreds’ The Hill’s Whip List: 33 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Dem senator accuses Trump of 'dangerous tilt towards authoritarianism' MORE (D-Ore.).
White House press secretary Jay Carney walked back the president’s comments a bit on Monday: “I can’t speak to every individual member. What I can say is it is simply true there is substantial congressional oversight.”
Former House Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.), who sits on the Intelligence Committee, doesn’t have much sympathy for members who are raising a ruckus. During a Monday interview on Fox News, King said, “They could have gotten a briefing whenever they wanted to … So people who are suddenly claiming they’re so excited, maybe it’s because they weren’t paying attention.”
But we hear it’s not quite that simple as the Intelligence Committee has to formally approve such member requests.