McEnany: Russian bounties unverified by intelligence agency

Rep. Steny Hoyer speaks as House Democrats listen during a response to the White House at a press briefing

Hoyer and his colleagues said they want to hear directly from intelligence community leaders, as opposed to the White House officials with whom they met on Tuesday, and for every member of Congress to get a presentation too. "We should be considering what sanctions are appropriate to further deter Russia's malign activities", he told reporters after the White House briefing.

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. Trump claimed that he was recently told by an intelligence agency that "that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or [Vice President Mike Pence]".

Senators reviewed classified documents related to the allegations Monday evening.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., a freshman and former Navy helicopter pilot and Russian Federation policy officer, said White House chief of staff Mark Meadows briefed the group.

The article eventually gets around to quoting several local officials from Afghanistan, who say that several people who transfer money through an Islamic banking system are "suspected of being part of a ring of middlemen" between Russian Federation and "Taliban-linked militants". "The president is briefed was on verified intelligence".

The mushrooming scandal comes with Trump trying to withdraw troops from the conflict-torn country - one of the Taliban's key demands - and end America's longest war.

Other GOP lawmakers provided comparatively stronger responses that suggested Congress will seek more information, but they did not specifically reference Trump or explicitly call for an investigation.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump's written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials.

The Defence Secretary has said he is "aware of the intelligence" with regard to allegations that Russian Federation secretly offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to kill United Kingdom and USA soldiers.

Schiff also announced that he had requested intelligence agencies to brief his committee on the issue.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 26, 2020. "So, this is. more leaks and partisanship".

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The Washington Post further reported that the Russian bounties are "believed to have resulted in the deaths of several US service members".

Since the Times first broke the story on Friday, several American and British media outlets have reported the United States intelligence conclusion that Russian Federation offered cash incentives for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Three other US service members were wounded in the attack, along with an Afghan contractor. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter.

The officials who spoke to the AP also said they were looking closely at insider attacks from 2019 to determine if they were linked to Russian bounties.

"And I shared the concern at the White House today that I think many of us have, which is there may be a reluctance to brief the president on things he doesn't want to hear, and that may be more true with respect to Putin and Putin's Russian Federation than with respect to any other subject matter".

The Republican lawmakers were briefed on Monday by Ratcliffe, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and O'Brien. "What can they tell us about steps they are taking or undertaking to vet the information they may have?" "What we need to know is the intelligence perspective". O'Brien denies doing that.

"I reiterated that a primary goal of the intelligence community is force protection", Pelosi said. "And that he will do everything in his power to protect American troops".

"I'm disgusted", Biden told donors, as he recalled his late son Beau's military service. "Measures have to be taken to be sure our troops are protected", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

It will, therefore, be left to Congress to determine the extent to which a foreign power - with whom this nation is not at war - has targeted U.S. troops, and how that level of worldwide criminality should be punished.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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