Pelosi Demands Full Congressional Briefing On Russian Bounty Scheme

Pelosi asks US House brief on reported Russian bounties

Russian forces offered bounties to Taliban-linked terrorists to kill US troops in Afghanistan: Report

The outlet said that Trump failed to act on the report.

Top Democrats on Monday called on the heads of the intelligence services to brief Congress on reports that Russian Federation paid bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill United States soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.

Thus, a military unit of the Russian secret service, the Taliban-related dispute should have offered forces in Afghanistan, money to kill coalition forces - including USA soldiers.

The former formal included that he believed Trump's motivation for denying a briefing is "due to the fact it appears to be like negative if Russians are having to pay to get rid of Us residents and we're not performing anything about it".

"But this must have an answer", U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC's "This Week" program. "Whether he is or not, his administration knows and our allies - some of our allies who work with us in Afghanistan had been briefed and accept this report", she said.

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Both Democrats and Republicans in the United States Congress on Monday demanded immediate answers from the administration of President Donald Trump after media outlets reported that U.S. intelligence agencies have tied Russian reward offers to Taliban fighters directly to the deaths of USA soldiers. Why weren't the president or vice president briefed?

Trump was offered options to respond, but has taken no action.

The Taliban also denied there was any such deal with Russian intelligence.

The newspaper said the President was briefed, and the National Security Council discussed the problem in March.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was confronted at Monday's White House press briefing over the report about Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants, leading her to criticize The New York Times.

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Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, blasted Trump on Saturday for failing to guard American troops. "The New York Situations reporting, and all other subsequent news experiences about these types of an alleged briefing are inaccurate".

According to the newspaper, the Taliban operation was led by Unit 29155, an arm of Russia's military intelligence agency GRU, which has been blamed in numerous global incidents including a 2018 chemical weapons attack in Britain that almost killed Russian-born double agent Sergei Skripal. News reports on the bounties, and whether Trump knew about them, have drawn fresh attention to the president's efforts to build warmer relations with the Kremlin. Twenty American troops were killed in the country previous year.

The statement, McEnany said, did not address the "merit of the alleged intelligence" reported on Friday by the New York Times.

"Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP", Mike Pence, Trump tweeted late on Sunday.

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