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Politics GOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence

02:16  02 july  2020
02:16  02 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence

  Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence Former Vice President Joe Biden bashed President Trump for not sanctioning Russia after the the New York Times reported that the he was allegedly briefed on American intelligence findings that Russian military operatives reportedly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including US troops, amid peace talks.White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany later denied that Trump and Vice President Pence were briefed on the intelligence, but did not deny that the intelligence was accurate. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Russia ’s military intelligence paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. service members is “absolutely inaccurate,” making the claim after “I think that reporting was absolutely inaccurate. I had a briefing this morning and I know that the evidence is not corroborated,” she said, emphasizing that

GRU refers to Russia ’s military intelligence agency. Senators have already proposed harsh Senators said they would be reviewing documents related to the matter in a secure facility this week. The Senate GOP ’s pressure on the White House could re-open a rift between Trump and

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Wednesday he believes the administration should brief the Senate on reports that Russians offered bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan after reading classified intelligence.

Pat Toomey wearing a suit and tie: GOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence © Greg Nash GOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence

Toomey, in a statement, said he had read documents made available behind closed doors but that it had raised more questions for him.

"I have reviewed the classified information regarding bounties, upon which recent news reports are based. This information raises many questions and administration officials should come before the Senate and provide a classified briefing and answer questions from all members," Toomey said.

Biden says he may request classified briefing on alleged Russian bounties

  Biden says he may request classified briefing on alleged Russian bounties The Trump administration has not offered Biden’s campaign the opportunity for such a briefing, the former vice president said.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.

"If the intelligence review process verifies the reports, we strongly encourage the Administration to take swift and serious action to Intelligence officials told the AP that the White House first became aware of alleged Russian bounties in early 2019 — a year earlier than had been previously reported.

Republican lawmakers attended a briefing about explosive allegations that Russia offered bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops. McEnany declined to say why a different standard of confidence in the intelligence applied to briefing lawmakers than bringing the information to the president.

"If it is concluded that Russia offered bounties to murder American soldiers, a firm American response is required in short order," he added.

The administration has made intelligence reports available for senators in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

The Senate Intelligence Committee also met on Wednesday with Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe as part of a pre-scheduled meeting. And the administration is set to brief the "Gang of Eight," which is made up of leadership and top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Thursday.

But the administration has not provided an all-Senate briefing, something that has been demanded by Democrats. The Senate is set to leave town for roughly two weeks on Thursday.

House, Senate Leaders to Get Intelligence Briefing on Bounties

  House, Senate Leaders to Get Intelligence Briefing on Bounties The Trump administration is arranging a closed-door briefing on Wednesday for the so-called Gang of Eight House and Senate leaders regarding reports that Russian operatives in Afghanistan offered bounties to kill American troops. © Bloomberg The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The Senate has scheduled a late afternoon session Tuesday in anticipation of approving an agreement on a nearly $500 billion stimulus bill, including $310 billion to replenish the small business program. No specific time or location has been determined for the session, which would be conducted by U.

“If the intelligence review process verifies the reports, we strongly encourage the Administration to take swift and serious action to Intelligence officials told the AP that the White House first became aware of alleged Russian bounties in early 2019 — a year earlier than had been previously reported.

Schiff says Republicans have been boycotting House Intel Committee briefings : “We’ve had important briefings on national security issues…and for whatever reason they’ve decided en masse they’re not going to attend, and so they’re ignoring the work of the Committee.”

The New York Times first reported Friday, followed by several other news outlets, that the intelligence community concluded months ago that a unit within the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, secretly offered payments to Taliban-linked militants for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan last year.

Trump has sought to deflect blame by claiming he was not briefed on the intelligence. Subsequent reports have said the intelligence was included in written materials in the president's daily briefing.

On Wednesday Trump called reports on the intelligence a "hoax."

"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. "The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!"

Top US general says Russian bounty intelligence 'wasn't proved' but 'proved enough to worry me' .
The top US general overseeing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan said Tuesday that the intelligence concerning Russian operatives offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants was "very worrisome" but that the information wasn't solid enough to hold up in a court of law. © THOMAS WATKINS/AFP/Getty Images In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, a US military Chinook helicopter lands on a field outside the governor's palace in Maidan Shar, capital of Wardak province. "The intelligence wasn't proved to me. It was proved enough to worry me. It wasn't proved enough that I'd take it to a court of law.

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