Flake blasts news that Dems not invited to briefing on Russia docs: 'This is not right'

Flake blasts news that Dems not invited to briefing on Russia docs: 'This is not right'
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Flake: Trump's Russia summit ‘truly an Orwellian moment’ MORE (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday criticized the White House for excluding Democrats from a meeting with top intelligence officials about a confidential FBI source in the Russia probe.

“This is not right. Briefings like this should be bipartisan,” Flake tweeted.

Flake, who is retiring from Congress when his term ends in January, has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration.


The White House said Tuesday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesNunes used political donations for K in NBA tickets, winery tours, Vegas trips: report Russia raises problems for GOP candidates GOP lawmaker regrets appearing on Alex Jones's radio show MORE (R-Calif.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyWill Congress ever hold our federal agencies accountable for contempt? Dem lawmaker calls on House to subpoena American translator from Trump-Putin meeting The Hill's Morning Report — Trump isolated and denounced after Putin meeting MORE (R-S.C.) will meet Thursday with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and top Justice Department official Ed O'Callaghan.

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE arranged the meeting, but will not be there himself. No White House officials will be in attendance, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Sanders said no Democrats were invited because they were not the ones requesting information about the FBI source.

Democrats criticized the partisan nature of the meeting, and on Wednesday Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Judge Kavanaugh confounds the left This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia GOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums Who will be the ‘bridge’ for the Democrats? MORE (D-Calif.) urged Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump MORE to cancel the meeting.

Schumer and Pelosi suggested he hold a bipartisan briefing instead with congressional leadership from the House and Senate.

The FBI source has become a source of controversy in recent weeks. President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE has seized on it as evidence of bias at the agency, claiming without evidence that the FBI spied on his campaign for political purposes.

On Wednesday morning, the president dubbed the matter "spygate" and claimed it could be "one of the biggest political scandals in history."