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GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing

GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing Photo: MGN

From Associated Press reports
Updated: June 30, 2020 10:19 AM

Republicans are urging President Donald Trump's administration to hold Vladimir Putin accountable after allegations that Russia offered bounties on American troops in Afghanistan.

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Republican leaders were briefed Monday on U.S. intelligence assessments suggesting that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The offer reportedly came as the U.S. and the Taliban held talks to end the long-running war. 

Members of Congress in both parties are calling for additional information and consequences for Russia. Eight Democrats were to be briefed about the allegations on Tuesday.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday that President Donald Trump had not been briefed on the findings because they hadn’t been verified. McEnany said there was no consensus in the intelligence community about the allegations.

U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence told the Associated Press that top officials in the White House were aware of the classified intelligence in early 2019, a full year earlier than has been previously reported.

The officials say the assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time. Then-national security adviser John Bolton told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

The president said he was told Sunday night the intelligence wasn't considered credible.

Putin’s spokesman says claims about bounties "are lies.”

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