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Politics Biden says he may request classified briefing on alleged Russian bounties

22:30  30 june  2020
22:30  30 june  2020 Source:   politico.com

White House denies it was briefed about Afghan militant bounties

  White House denies it was briefed about Afghan militant bounties White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied a Friday report from the New York Times that President Trump and Vice President Pence were briefed on American intelligence findings that Russian military operatives offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops, amid peace talks.Citing White House officials briefed on the matter, the Times reported that Trump and Pence were briefed on the intelligence findings and that the White House's National Security Council held a meeting about the issue in late March.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday he had yet to receive any intelligence briefings as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee but that he may request a classified briefing depending on how reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan continue to unfold.

a man wearing glasses talking on a cell phone: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden. © Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Trump administration has not offered Biden’s campaign the opportunity for such a briefing, the former vice president said, a tradition for major party nominees once they’ve locked up the nomination.

“As this proceeds, I very well may” request a briefing, Biden told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday, his first such of his first extended news conferences in months.

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.

The White House has come under widespread criticism amid near-daily developments regarding the alleged Russian bounty scheme. The New York Times on Friday described U.S. intelligence that found members of a Russian military intelligence unit had offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for successful attacks on U.S. and other coalition forces in Afghanistan.

According to subsequent media reports, President Donald Trump was briefed on the bounties this spring and as early as February of last year in his presidential daily brief, but the White House had not authorized any response to the operation.

Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied that the president was ever briefed on the potential bounties, which are believed to have resulted in at least one U.S. combat death, and the White House has insisted that intelligence on the plot was inconclusive, though the intelligence was reportedly shared with British officials in recent weeks.

Biden accuses Trump of ‘dereliction of duty' over Russia bounty reports in first press briefing in nearly 3 months

  Biden accuses Trump of ‘dereliction of duty' over Russia bounty reports in first press briefing in nearly 3 months Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pulled no punches in going after President Trump on Tuesday during his first press conference in 89 days, while also saying some statues across the country should be removed and teasing his forthcoming announcement about a running mate. © Provided by FOX News 2020 presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden urges President Trump to adopt his coronavirus response plan for the upcoming months during a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden on Tuesday rejected that explanation and suggested that the president should have been briefed on the allegations regardless of whether the intelligence community had finished evaluating their veracity.

“The idea that somehow he didn't know, or isn't being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty if that's the case,” Biden said. “And if he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that's a dereliction of duty.”

The former vice president pointed to his wife, Jill, who he said was “outraged” over the thought of his late son Beau, who was an Army officer, being stationed in Afghanistan with a Russian bounty on his head.

“It's an absolute dereliction of duty if any of this is even remotely true,” he added.

Biden noted that he’s been in contact with his team of “dozens” of foreign policy and national security advisers as the Russian bounty story has evolved. But “if it doesn't get cleared up quickly, then I will seek and ask if I can be briefed.”

Ahead of the 2016 election, Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received their first classified briefings of the campaign in August, according to The Washington Post.

Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties .
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was among the loudest Republican voices in Congress screaming about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya back in 2012. But he apparently has no problem with President Donald Trump’s decision to ignore intelligence about Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan. In fact, during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Graham actually used the Benghazi attack to defend Trump and accuse his Democratic colleagues of hypocrisy. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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