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    Staff members of House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff were told in February that some military officials believed Russia had paid Taliban militants to kill U.S. and NATO coalition troops in Afghanistan but the California Democrat took no action to alert anybody else, The Federalist reported Thursday. Schiff has confirmed Donald Trump’s assertion that the president was not informed of the report but also has criticized Trump for not getting “to the bottom” of the claim. The Federalist cited unidentified...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump administration officials of lying about the importance of a leaked but unverified allegation Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American service members. “You got the con,” Pelosi said when a reporter pointed out the information has not been verified. “The White House put on with con that if you dont have 100% consensus on intelligence that it shouldnt rise to a certain level.” The California Democrat said she “didn’t know about” the intelligence...
    Top Republicans defended President Trump against allegations he ignored a report that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. service members stationed in the country. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said he attended a White House briefing with Democrats about the matter. “I know the press likes to think the president knew this and didn’t say anything, that it was a cover-up,” Inhofe said on Tuesday. “He didn’t know about it, and I’m...
    Democrats said they “did not receive any new substantive information” at a White House briefing about reports that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American service members. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and a group of eight Democrats met with top White House officials Tuesday about the report and said they were told the president was not briefed on the claim. “Apparently, that did not happen,” Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said. Hoyer disputed a tweet from President Trump that...
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) hit back at President Donald Trump for dismissing U.S. intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops as “another fabricated Russia Hoax.” Hoyer and his colleagues addressed reporters on Tuesday after House Democrats concluded their White House intelligence briefing on intelligence that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-militias to target U.S. troops. Hoyer condemned Trump for claiming on Twitter that the intelligence is a “hoax” that he wasn’t briefed on because it wasn’t credible. “The...
    President Donald Trump said that information indicating Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan was not found credible by U.S. intelligence agencies, even as outrage grows on Capitol Hill for more details about claims that lawmakers consider disturbing and dangerous. [ READ: Putin Sets Date for Vote on Extending Rule ]Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP, Trump wrote in a...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell criticized the “almost hysterical” media coverage of intelligence reports that Russia may have placed bounties on U.S. soldiers and stated that military commanders “did not think that it was as serious a problem as the newspapers were reporting and television was reporting.” Powell said, “[W]hat I know is that our military commanders on the ground did not think that it was as serious a problem...
    Colin Powell accused the media of overhyping the blockbuster report that Russia paid Taliban soldiers to kill United States troops in Afghanistan. On Thursday afternoon, during an appearance in MSNBC, Collins downplayed the intelligence reports because military commanders on the ground weren’t too worried, he said. The former Secretary of State also said the media’s coverage “got kind of out of control” in the first days following the report. A June 26 exposé in the New York Times cited U.S. intelligence officials...
    Top Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans were not corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said they are looking into it and the U.S. will respond if necessary. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said his military commanders heard initial reports on the bounties in January and he first saw an intelligence paper about it in February. While the threats were taken seriously, he said they have not yet been found...
    The Defense Departments intelligence agencies have not been able to confirm reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill Americans in Afghanistan, the Pentagons top two officials said Thursday of the explosive details that have put widespread pressure on the Trump administration. [ READ: Biden Hits Trump for ‘Dereliction of Duty’ ]All the defense intel agencies have been unable to corroborate that report, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told the House Armed Services Committee Thursday afternoon. His comments came weeks after...
    The Trump administration has opened up a leak investigation to discover who disclosed classified intelligence reports related to an alleged plot by the Russians to pay bounties to Taliban fighters who kill U.S. or coalition forces in Afghanistan. Politico reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration had “opened an internal investigation” into the leaks, noting that “the administration has interviewed people with access to the intelligence, and believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer...
    A top United States military official says that a plot by Moscow to pay Taliban insurgents to kill American soldiers and others has not resulted in any American deaths. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, who heads U.S. Central Command, confirmed the existence of intelligence that indicates Russia offered to pay the Taliban, a Middle East terror group, to kill U.S. military members. The U.S. officer said that the plot has not been connected with any U.S. casualties, however. “I found it...
    On Wednesday, Politico’s Melanie Zanona outlined a key reason why Congress is unlikely to take action in the wake of reports that Russia paid bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. One of the main reasons: Congress already handed the relevant authority to do so to the White House. “Even if Congress chooses to act, they’ve already given the Trump administration many of the tools it can use to punish the Kremlin, namely the authority to impose biting sanctions,” wrote Zanona. “‘I’m...
    A top United States military official said there is no evidence that Russian bounties paid to the Taliban led to any deaths of U.S. troops. “I found it very worrisome,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, who is in charge of U.S. Central Command, said of the intelligence. “I didn’t find that there was a causative link there.” McKenzie’s comments are the first by a top military official regarding reports that a Russian spy unit offered to pay the Taliban...
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) attacked President Donald Trump Tuesday, saying he was not fit to be commander-in-chief because he allegedly overlooked intelligence reports of Russia paying bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In an op-ed published in USA Today, titled “Duckworth on Russia bounties: How dare Trump still call himself our commander in chief?”, the combat veteran gave credence to the New York Times‘ “bounty” story, though it is disputed. Administration officials have denied the story, saying that the president had...
    WASHINGTON — A top US general in the Middle East has cast doubt on the Russia-Taliban bounty story, saying the intelligence is “worrisome” and he doesn’t believe it has lead to the death of any US troops. “I found it very worrisome, I just didn’t find that there was a causative link there,” General Kenneth McKenzie, the chief of US Central Command, tole reporters Tuesday, according to an ABC News report. “The intel case wasn’t proved to me. It...
    WASHINGTON — A top US general in the Middle East has cast doubt on the Russia-Taliban bounty story, saying the intelligence is “worrisome” and he doesn’t believe it has lead to the death of any US troops. “I found it very worrisome, I just didn’t find that there was a causative link there,” General Kenneth McKenzie, the chief of US Central Command, tole reporters Tuesday, according to an ABC News report. “The intel case wasn’t proved to me. It wasn’t...
    President Trump’s daily intelligence briefer made rare public remarks amid questions about why the commander-in-chief was not briefed on reports of Russia paying the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan. Beth Sanner, a senior official at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, spoke about the challenges of her unique career and tailoring her briefings to the individual “customers” during an appearance at a virtual event hosted by the Intelligence & National Security Alliance. “Is this someone who...
    Top officials in the White House reportedly believe they have narrowed down the list of potential figures who could have leaked news about Russian forces providing funds to the Taliban to target Americans in Afghanistan. Politico Playbook reported Tuesday that those behind the internal White House investigation have a list of suspects narrowed down to under 10 people, a sign that the president is serious about finding and possibly punishing whichever official was behind the storys release to the media,...
    The House Foreign Affairs Committee has invited Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBack to the future: In January 2021 America needs to rejoin the world and start leading again Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kongs freedom, remember Americas revolution MORE to appear before a hearing on how the Trump administration responded to reports that U.S. intelligence was aware of Russia offering bounties to Taliban-backed fighters to kill coalition forces in...
    Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s depiction of an early 2017 Oval Office meeting of top political and law-enforcement officials as being conducted “by the book,” is being challenged by newly released notes written by former FBI agent Peter Strzok, which directly implicate Joe Biden — the current Democratic presidential nominee — in a scheme to undermine President Trump and his administration. The newly released notes may have far-reaching consequences for the upcoming 2020 elections and Biden, as the current ...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the Reliable Sources newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Nearly a week has passed since The New York Times published a story titled Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says.The fallout has been coming ever since. Congressional leaders were briefed by intelligence leaders on Thursday. Afterward, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said our Armed Forces would be better served if President Trump...
    During a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that she did not know about intelligence on potential Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers, and “it was of a consequential level that the intelligence community should have brought it to us in that way.” Pelosi was asked, [relevant exchange begins around 17:50] “Some have said that this information should have been things that the Gang of Eight or others would have known about. That said, can you comment...
    Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, learned of the reports of Russian bounties on United States soldiers in Afghanistan in February and took no action, The Federalist reported. According to the report, intelligence sources familiar with the briefings claim that Schiff learned of the bounties while on a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan in February. When pressed if he was aware of the bounties on Tuesday, Schiff said he could not “comment...
    Reuters July 2, 2020 0 Comments  U.S. congressional leaders will seek more information from top intelligence officials Thursday on reported Russian payments to Taliban militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. The directors of U.S. intelligence agencies were scheduled to brief the “Gang of Eight” made up of congressional leaders and chairs of the intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. President Donald Trump, a Republican who has worked to cultivate warmer relations with Moscow, denied...