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Pelosi asks Trump administration to temporary all Home members about reviews of Russian bounties on U.S. troops

Pelosi asks Trump administration to brief all House members about reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops, with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani standing behind him, throughout an unannounced go to to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019.

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Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday requested the Trump administration to temporary all members of the Home on reviews that Russia supplied bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“The questions that come up are: was the President briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed,” Pelosi mentioned in a letter to Director of Nationwide Intelligence John Ratcliffe and CIA chief Gina Haspel.

President Donald Trump has denied being briefed on the U.S. intelligence findings, reported first by The New York Instances and later confirmed by different shops, {that a} Russian army intelligence unit covertly supplied Afghan militants rewards for killing coalition forces. However one American official instructed the Instances that the intelligence evaluation had percolated to the very best ranges of the White Home, and one other instructed the paper that it had been added to Trump’s each day temporary.

“Congress and the nation want solutions now,” Pelosi mentioned within the letter. “I due to this fact request an interagency temporary for all Home Members instantly. Congress must know what the intelligence neighborhood is aware of about this vital risk to American troops and our allies and what choices can be found to carry Russia accountable.”

“The Administration’s disturbing silence and inaction endanger the lives of our troops and our coalition companions,” she added. “The President’s refusal to face as much as the Russians additionally jeopardizes lives within the area, because the Afghan authorities and the USA are engaged in vital peace negotiations with the Taliban.”

White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in a Fox Information interview Monday morning pushed again on the Instances’ reporting, sustaining that Trump was by no means briefed on the reported intelligence and that the president has been “very powerful” on Russia.

McEnany urged she would tackle the reviews throughout a White Home press briefing scheduled for Monday afternoon. She additionally mentioned, as some information shops reported earlier Monday, that choose members of Congress can be briefed on the Russia matter.

Trump tweeted Sunday that nobody had knowledgeable him, Vice President Mike Pence or White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows concerning the reported intelligence.

“Everyone is denying it & there haven’t been many assaults on us,” Trump mentioned within the tweets, including, “No person’s been more durable on Russia than the Trump Administration.”

Late Sunday night time, Trump tweeted, “Intel simply reported to me that they didn’t discover this information credible, and due to this fact didn’t report it to me” or Pence. The president, with out offering proof, speculated in that tweet that the story could have been a fabrication to “make Republicans look unhealthy.”

Democrats, together with presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, have been fast to criticize the Trump administration for failing to carry Russia accountable in mild of the intelligence, which had reportedly been flagged by U.S. intelligence officers as early as January.

The Instances and The Wall Road Journal reported that the intelligence had been circulating contained in the Trump administration since at the very least early spring.

The Washington Put up reported Sunday that Russia’s bounties to Taliban-linked forces are believed to have resulted within the deaths of a number of U.S. service members, citing¬†intelligence gained from U.S. army interrogations of captured militants.

A Taliban spokesman denied making any offers with Russian intelligence, the Instances reported.