President Trump received a written briefing and a briefing from then-National Security Advisor John Bolton in early 2019, and another written briefing this February, about intelligence that suggests Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing U.S. soldiers, according to reports from the Њујорк тајмс and the Associated Press.
на Пати пријавени on Friday that a Russian military unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan for assassinating coalition forces in the country, including American soldiers.
The initial report suggested that the intelligence findings were “briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March.”
Trump and the White House have турна назад on the claim that he was briefed, with Trump tweeting that “nobody briefed or told” him, Vice President Mike Pence or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, slamming the article as “reported through an ‘anonymous source’ by the Fake News Њујорк тајмс,” and claiming “everybody is denying it.”
Other administration officials didn’t offer such direct denials, with CIA Director Gina Haspel releasing a изјава saying “preliminary Force Protection information is shared throughout the national security community,” decrying leaks to journalists, and declaring that the CIA will continue to “brief reliable intelligence to protect U.S. forces deployed around the world.”
Top White House officials were aware of the intelligence in early 2019, according to a пријавите from the Associated Press on Monday, which also claims that then-National Security Advisor John Bolton told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence in March 2019, and that it was included in one the president’s written daily intelligence briefings around that time.
Trump also received a written briefing on an investigation into the bounties as part of the President’s Daily Brief in late February of this year, the Пати пријавени Понеделник.
Trump has come under fire from Democrats, who have slammed his alleged silence on the intelligence and his lack of retaliation towards Russia, whose return to G7 meetings he advocated in May. “He knew. They lied. This is a dereliction of duty,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) рече in reaction to the reports. But some Republicans have also criticized the White House and asked for transparency. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Sunday demanded answers from the White House on whether the president and vice president were briefed and whether the information was in the President’s Daily Briefing, who knew about the intelligence and when, and “what has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?”
Белата куќа информираше eight House Republicans on the intelligence Monday morning, but excluded Democrats. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, came away from the briefing критикувајќи на Пати report as a “hit piece falsely accusing Donald Trump of ignoring reports.” He also тврдеше it is “impossible to finish the investigation,” which he рече is ongoing, because of the report.
18. U.S. forces in Afghanistan have suffered 18 fatalities from hostile gunfire or improvised bombs between 2019 and 2020, several of which are believed to have resulted from the bounties, according to a Вашингтон Пост пријавите. на Пати report also suggested that intelligence officials were specifically investigating a truck bombing in April 2019 that killed 3 marines in connection with the bounties.
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A group of Democrats, led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is очекува to attend a briefing at the White House on Tuesday at 8 a.m.