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Politics Republicans Want Answers From Trump's White House About New Russia Claims

15:41  29 june  2020
15:41  29 june  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

House Dems headed to White House for briefing on Russian bounties

  House Dems headed to White House for briefing on Russian bounties Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has a personal relationship with Trump's chief of staff, will lead the group.The meeting comes just hours after the New York Times reported on Monday that President Donald Trump was briefed on the intelligence in late February, earlier than previously reported. Trump has denied knowing about the intelligence despite it being included in a written briefing for the president in February, according to the Times.

She accused Mr. Trump of wanting “to ignore” any charges against Russia . Though the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, claimed on Saturday that Mr. Trump had Republicans in Congress demanded more information from the Trump administration about what happened and

The White House denies Trump was briefed on the subject, but that excuse has satisfied neither Cheney was echoed and retweeted by several of her Republican House colleagues, including Rep. Trump ’ s presidency was bogged down for years by allegations that his friendliness with Russia

Republican lawmakers are demanding answers over claims a Russian military intelligence branch offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House on June 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. He has faced questions following reports a Russian intelligence branch placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House on June 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. He has faced questions following reports a Russian intelligence branch placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

They called on President Donald Trump and his administration to clarify the situation, and, if true, said Russia should be held accountable for its actions. Trump denied the allegation he was made aware of the bounty claims before they became public.

Trump calls Russia bounty reports 'hoax' even as White House briefs intel on it

  Trump calls Russia bounty reports 'hoax' even as White House briefs intel on it President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said the U.S. had shared the information with other countries. "The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party," Trump tweeted Wednesday, going after The New York Times, which first reported on the intelligence on Friday and also reported that Trump had been briefed on it. "The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it.

After Trump ’ s call for U.S. troops was rebuffed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley, Trump reportedly snapped, “I’ll call Vlad According to White House sources, Trump has subsequently phoned the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, but his calls have gone straight to voice

One of the top Republican lawmakers in the House joined on Sunday a growing list of legislators calling on the Trump administration to explain what it knew about the reports that Russian Published 2 hours ago. Top conservatives demand answers on reports Russia paid Taliban to kill US troops.

He said nobody briefed him, Vice President Mike Pence or White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the "so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians," adding: "Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us."

The alleged Russian bounties and the president's knowledge of their existence were first reported by The New York Times and confirmed in reporting by other publications.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a statement neither Trump nor Pence "were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting."

Top WH aide says CIA official decided against briefing Trump on Russia intel

  Top WH aide says CIA official decided against briefing Trump on Russia intel O'Brien said the president's CIA briefer made the "right call" in not verbally briefing him on the Russian bounty operation."The president's career CIA briefer decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence," O'Brien said in an interview with Fox News, adding that she is "an outstanding officer.

Sunday for answers from the White House about reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin had put the third-ranking Republican in the House , on Sunday appeared to accept Trump ’ s comment as A key Trump ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, said on Saturday it was “imperative Congress get to

Donald Trump has denied being briefed by US intelligence officials on Russia ‘ s plan to secretly offer bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill The reports, he added, were “possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News New York Times Books, wanting to make Republicans look

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also said neither were aware of the reported bounties.

The president, responding to a Twitter post from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) which questioned the situation, said: "Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP."

Trump said it was possibly "another fabricated Russia Hoax" and said The New York Times wanted to "make Republicans look bad!!!"

Graham is one of several Republicans to query the reports. He called for the Trump Administration to inform Congress of their reliability.

"Imperative Congress get to the bottom of recent media reports that Russian GRU units in Afghanistan have offered to pay the Taliban to kill American soldiers with the goal of pushing America out of the region," Graham tweeted.

"I expect the Trump Administration to take such allegations seriously and inform Congress immediately as to the reliability of these news reports."

Suspected Russian bonuses to American soldiers killed: Trump briefed at the start of 2019

 Suspected Russian bonuses to American soldiers killed: Trump briefed at the start of 2019 Donald Trump would have been warned of suspected Russian bonuses to insurgents for the murder of American soldiers in Afghanistan in 2019. © Carlos Barria / Reuters Donald Trump For the past two days, Donald Trump has been seeking to minimize the revelations concerning suspicions of Russian bonuses paid to insurgents for the murder of American soldiers.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who golfed with Trump on Sunday, tweeted a day earlier that it is “Imperative Congress get to the bottom of recent media reports that Russian GRU units in Afghanistan have offered to pay the Taliban to kill American soldiers with the goal of pushing America

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Rep. French Hill (R-AR) said he was "deeply concerned" by the reports.

"Vladimir Putin has never been a friend to the United States. I am deeply concerned by the reports that Russia put bounties on American soldiers," he tweeted. "If this is true, Russia must be held accountable."

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) similarly called for accountability: "Russia must be held accountable if reports are true that a Russian intelligence unit offered militants bounties to kill American soldiers and other coalition forces. This cannot be allowed to go unanswered."

Liz Cheney (R-WY) listed several questions she wants the White House to answer in a post shared by other House Republicans.

Cheney wrote on Twitter: "If reporting about Russian bounties on US forces is true, the White House must explain: 1. Why weren't the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB? 2. Who did know and when? 3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?"

These questions were shared by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), who wrote: "The American people have a right to know what is being done to protect our men and women in uniform. We need answers now."

Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops

  Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops American intelligence officials have reportedly concluded that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service members last year.WASHINGTON — United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Trump deletes tweet featuring video of a supporter yelling ‘ white power’ more than three hours after it Republican Senator from Alabama Richard Shelby points to his University of Alabama face mask last White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere says the president had not heard the “ white

Trump deletes tweet featuring video of a supporter yelling ‘ white power’ more than three hours after it Republican Senator from Alabama Richard Shelby points to his University of Alabama face mask last White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere says the president had not heard the “ white

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) also shared Cheney's tweet, adding: "This is exactly right. We need answers."

Rep. John Katko (R-NY) said he hoped more information would become available.

"All threats made against members of our military must be taken seriously," Katko wrote on Facebook, alongside a link to The New York Times report.

"As a leader on the House Homeland Security Committee, I look forward to more information becoming public and am committed to ensuring the safety of our nation and those who protect it. We must always act to hold those who endanger our [servicemembers] accountable."

Democratic lawmakers took aim at Trump, accusing him of inaction against Russia following the allegations. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) branded Trump a failure.

Warren tweeted: "President Trump doing absolutely nothing while a Russian spy unit pays the Taliban to kill US soldiers is a profound betrayal of our troops. It's also the definition of a failed Commander-in-Chief."

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called for a Committee on Armed Services hearing into the situation.

In a letter to Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Duckworth requested there be an open hearing with testimony from the secretary of defense, the CIA director, and the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces-Afghanistan.

Sharing the letter to Inhofe, she wrote: "Members of the US Armed Forces, military families—and the American people—deserve answers & accountability for President Trump's outrageous failure of leadership & apparent betrayal of our troops."

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for a congressional investigation into the reports, writing to chairs of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Gillibrand wrote: "I am deeply distressed that President Trump appears to have willfully failed to protest service members and failed them and their families. We do not have to follow in his footsteps."

Newsweek has contacted the White House and the lawmakers mentioned above for further comment.

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Dem rep accuses Trump of ‘treason’ over Russia bounty report .
Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer, accused President Trump of "treason" on Wednesday over reports that Russia paid bounties to Afghan fighters to kill American soldiers and the White House took no action in response. © Provided by FOX News The Trump administration is pushing back on reports that the president was briefed on Russia putting bounties on U.S. troops; Kristin Fisher reports from the White House. Moulton, a former platoon commander in Iraq, said if he led his Marines into an ambush because he failed to read an intelligence report he would be in prison.

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