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INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA: “Senate Republicans and Democrats are split over whether they can tell the press and public what they learn from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a highly-anticipated briefing Thursday afternoon on how and why former FBI Director James Comey and was fired.
Republicans insist the briefing, which will be held in a secure room known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIFF, will be classified and therefore anything senators learn in it must be kept secret.
That is upsetting Democrats, who demanded the briefing after Comey’s surprise firing by President Donald Trump last week, and who say they want — and intend — to inform the public about the non-classified parts of what they hear.
‘Frankly, in terms of it being a briefing that can restore public confidence in the process that led to the firing of the FBI director, if we are literally unable to make any comment about anything, it won’t be a very useful briefing,’ Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told CNN Wednesday.”

-Ted Barrett, “Can senators share what they learn in classified Rosenstein briefing?,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 18, 2017 9:39am

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