White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

Cheryl Sanders
June 30, 2020

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a letter to President Trump on Monday calling for Senate hearings over media reports that USA intelligence assessed that a Russian spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing us troops in Afghanistan.

But reports say the president received a written briefing earlier this year. I didn't know that our adversary was helping kill American troops because no one told me is not an excuse for the commander in chief of the greatest military on Earth.

Members of Congress in both parties are calling for additional information and consequences for Russian Federation.

Moreover, a description of the intelligence assessment that the Russian unit had carried out the bounties plot was also seen as serious and solid enough to disseminate more broadly across the intelligence community in a May 4 article in the C.I.A.'s World Intelligence Review, a classified compendium commonly referred to as The Wire, two officials said.

The intelligence assessments came amid Trump's push to withdraw the USA from Afghanistan.

The White House briefed several House Republicans on the intelligence on Monday, including House Republican Conference chair Liz Cheney - who called on the administration to provide answers about the reports on Sunday.

Trump's claim that he was unaware of Russian bounties on USA soldiers has been proven false.

Two Republicans who attended Monday's White House briefing said the administration was investigating the accuracy of the news reports.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday reiterated Trump's stance that intelligence must be verified before it is brought to him.

Both former national security advisor John Bolton and intelligence officials briefed Trump on the bounties.

The officials with knowledge of Mr Bolton's apparent briefing for Mr Trump said it contained no "actionable intelligence", meaning the intelligence community did not have enough information to form a strategic plan or response.

The White House reportedly knew as far back as 2019 about the Russian intelligence offer to Taliban forces.

Democrats were not included in the initial meeting, and they have been scheduled to take part in a briefing with White House officials on Tuesday.

In a statement, Hoyer lambasted Trump for not even warning Russian Federation to stop offering monetary rewards for US kills and that it was time for House Republicans to cease "enabling the behavior of a president incapable of taking responsibility, particularly one who endangers our men and women in uniform".

The New York Times and Washington Post broke the story, with the Post reporting on Sunday that several American soldiers were believed to have died as a result of the programme, which the Kremlin has denied.

Anonymous US officials revealed that the White House was made aware of the bounties to the Associated Press.

Ratcliffe went on to note that once the investigation is complete, the agency would "brief the President and Congressional leaders at appropriate time".

The New York Times and the Associated Press news agency also reported U.S. military and intelligence officials were reviewing past casualties to see whether they were tied to Moscow's alleged payments.

If that weren't odd enough, McEnany went on to say the president, as of yesterday afternoon, still hadn't been briefed on this - despite Trump's tweet to the contrary, and despite the fact that some members of Congress were receiving an intelligence briefing on the matter at roughly that time.

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