Still, Schiff said, “these briefings for the intelligence committees must not obviate the need to keep all Members and the American people appropriately and accurately informed about the active threats to the November election.”
Ratcliffe said in August that most briefings would be in writing instead of live, citing what he said were leaks out of "all member" meetings held earlier this year. Democrats said that would prevent members from asking followup questions and allow the administration to limit what information it allows.
Shortly after Rubio and Warner issued their statement, Ratcliffe claimed his position remained “unchanged.”
“I will continue to provide congressional leadership and the intelligence oversight committees appropriate updates to keep Congress fully and currently informed,” Ratcliffe said in his own statement. “In order to protect sources and methods, the IC will not provide all-member briefings, but we will work to provide appropriate updates primarily through written finished intelligence products.”
Ratcliffe met with congressional leadership and the heads of the intelligence committees earlier on Wednesday — a group called the “Gang of Eight” that receives the highest levels of intelligence. He said in the statement that he had shared with them his proposal on how the intelligence community will share election updates in the future.
Over the summer, the nation's counterintelligence chief, William Evanina, issued a statement saying U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using various methods to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and that people linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin are boosting President Donald Trump's reelection bid.
U.S. officials also believe China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its criticism of the White House, Evanina wrote.
Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman, Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.