Members of Congress: We know nothing!

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.

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After President Obama last week said “every member of Congress has been briefed” on the nation’s surveillance programs, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle cried foul.

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 MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere MORE (D-Md.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate nixes provision boosting conservative college after uproar Overnight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulator 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.