Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops

0

Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
0

Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
0

CIA Director Gina Haspel led a slate of intelligence officials to the U.S. Capitol Thursday to brief a select group of lawmakers on reports Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

Following a briefing for the so-called “Gang of Eight” — party leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees — Pelosi said President Donald Trump “should have been verbally briefed” on the intelligence.

“I thought that before the hearing and has nothing to do with anything that we were presented at the hearing,” Pelosi, D-Calif, said. “Of course, the president should have been briefed. This is of the highest priority. Force protection, a threat to our men and women in uniform.”

“The president, it was in his PDB, presidential daily brief, but it wasn’t verbally,” she asserted. “That doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t have read that. But again it has nothing to do with we saw today.”

Pelosi did not make clear how she could definitively say that the bounty intelligence made it into the written presidential daily brief. A Pelosi spokesman later said that the speaker’s claim that the intel made it into the written daily brief “was referencing news reports.”

While the White House claims intelligence about the bounty reports was not fully verified by the U.S., a military official confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan over the past year, amid peace talks to end the 18-year war there.

Trump has continued to call news reports about the bounties a “hoax.”

U.S. intelligence agencies linked the effort to a Russian intelligence unit suspected of covert action and assassination attempts in Europe, according to The New York Times, which first reported the intelligence findings said to have been presented to Trump in March.

The president and vice president have both denied that they were briefed on the matter.

You can read the rest of John Parkinson’s article at ABCnews.com

Share this article
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
Reddit