That claim soon evaporated as the administration conceded that she had "briefed" Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough and other aides.
In one revealing passage, McChrystal says he briefed President Bush and the national-security cabinet on the hunt for Zarqawi.
Among those Democrats briefed were now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman.
late 13c., from Latin brevis (adj.) "short, low, little, shallow," from PIE *mregh-wi-, from root *mregh-u- "short" (cf. Greek brakhys "short," Old Church Slavonic bruzeja "shallow places, shoals," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten").
from Latin breve (genitive brevis), noun derivative of adjective brevis (see brief (adj.)) which came to mean "letter, summary," specifically a letter of the pope (less ample and solemn than a bull), and thus came to mean "letter of authority," which yielded the modern, legal sense of "summary of the facts of a case" (1630s).