Senator Rand Paul is upset that only a few members of Congress are allowed in intelligence briefings, slamming "deep state" tactics. He made the proclamation as CIA Director Gina Haspel was briefing the Senate on the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia's involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"I think the very definition of the 'deep state' is when intelligence communities withhold information from Congress. Today there's a CIA briefing going on right now for which most rank and file Senators and Congressmen [well, that's just sexist] have been excluded."
A reporter asks a bit later, "You said the 'deep state' was involved, but isn't it the White House that's preventing the CIA director from briefing the full Senate?"
"The definition of the 'deep state' is when intelligence communities have so much that there's no oversight, I've been arguing for probably nearly a decade that with intelligence it's only given to few people within our system; that's more like an oligarchy."
Then he says it not about Trump. Eight people were in the briefing.
"That's not democracy."