No Dems invited to attend meeting on Russia docs

The White House announced top U.S. officials will brief lawmakers on Thursday about a confidential FBI source who has been a lightning rod for controversy in the Russia probe — but no Democrats are invited.
 
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Lawmaker-linked businesses received PPP loans Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE (R-Calif.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyMore than two dozen former prosecutors, judges, active trial lawyers support DOJ decision to dismiss Michael Flynn case Sunday shows preview: As states loosen social distancing restrictions, lawmakers address dwindling state budgets John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-S.C.) will meet with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and top Justice Department official Ed O'Callaghan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. 
 
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White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE helped broker the meeting but will not be there himself. No White House officials will be in attendance, according to Sanders.
 
In previous Justice Department briefings given to Nunes related to his requests for information on the Russia probe, the department has also given an identical but separate briefing to ranking member Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.). 
 
The White House announced the meeting on Monday as part of an agreement between President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE and senior Justice Department officials designed to head off a dispute surrounding the source. 
 
The invite list, however, will almost certainly spark criticism of political bias from Democrats.
 
Sanders pushed back, saying Republicans are the ones who have asked for information on the source. 
 
“To my knowledge, the Democrats have not requested that information so I would refer you back to them on why they would consider themselves randomly invited to see something they’ve never asked to," she said.
 
 
"The only thing more outrageous than this meeting occurring at all is the fact that it’s now partisan,” he said in a statement. “It is crystal clear that Chairman Nunes’ intent is to interfere with the investigation, and Speaker Ryan is allowing it to happen."