Ernst Calls Reports on Russian Bounties ‘Absolutely Inaccurate’

Congressional Republicans are pushing back on reports that Russian intelligence operatives placed bounties on U.S. soldiers after they received a briefing from the White House on the matter. 

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) told reporters on Tuesday, “I think that reporting was absolutely inaccurate. I had a briefing this morning and I know that the evidence is not corroborated.”

“We take threats seriously. At the tactical level, obviously making sure our positions are hardened and we’re watching out for adversaries,” she added. 

Several Republican senators were briefed by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on the reports on Tuesday. 

Ernst said that briefing was “very informative” and again said she believes the reporting was “very inaccurate.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also weighed in on the reports after the briefing. In a series of tweets, Graham wrote, “Earlier today I received a briefing from the White House’s National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff, and the DNI regarding the New York Times article claiming Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops and that President Trump was briefed on these matters.”

After the New York Times broke the news on the reported bounties, President Donald Trump said he had not been briefed on the matter. 

Ratcliffe confirmed that the president had not been briefed on the bounties, “Neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting.”

“The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate,” he added.

During a press conference on Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained why Trump was not briefed, “There’s no consensus among the intelligence community and there are, in fact, dissenting opinions.”

On Sunday, Trump said he was not briefed because intelligence officials “did not find this info credible.”

After the briefing, Graham said, “In my view, the system worked. At the tactical level, force protection was, as always, a priority and at the strategic level, the intelligence did not warrant presidential briefing or action by our country against Russia.”

“I completely understand why the President was not briefed, and I completely understand why action against Russia based solely on this intelligence would be unjustified,” he added.

However, some Congressional Democrats — who also received a briefing on Tuesday — said they want to hear from intelligence officials directly. 

“What we need is a briefing by the Intelligence community to give us their assessment of the credibility of this information,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said, adding, “We did not receive any new substantive information about the intelligence.”

And House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said, “The right people to give the briefing really were not in the room.”

Responses

  1. Do you know the difference in trump being briefed and not being briefed ? Not a damn thing. Any agency that has intelligence in the title should just bypass Donald, intelligence and trump don’t fit.

  2. And who is the real enemy anyway? Think about what is going on and who is committing those acts of violence. It is the Democratic ran cities who experience the most violence and crime in our nation. Yet they are dis banning and de-funding police departments? Really!!!??? Look at Chicago and ask any common sense person if this is going to work? It is the Democratic Law makers and politicians who have constantly attacked our core values, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It has continued on an attack with the help of a totally left wing media to tear down our society and nation at a whole. Including the New York Times (and several other rags) there are several media and so called new organizations and outlets that support the left wing propaganda and dialog. Ah yes the New York Times that tried to cover up truths about the holocaust acting as aid to Adolph Hitler. Our education system is totally pushing left leaning ideologies and eliminating many important facets in American History, truths, that support what this Nation was built upon. Just think of the negativity and concerns that you have experienced or thought about in your lives the past several years, and you most likely can follow the breadcrumbs back to the Democratic Party one way or another. These so called new outlets and the radical Democratic Party…….they are our enemies!!

  3. Are we not at war? And in war is it not the object to kill each other? So what’s the point here?

  4. It seems like the media can fabricate any dumb $#!+ and the loony left will go with it. True propaganda, true brainwashing.

  5. The Dems have become the Party of conspiracy theories far beyond anything birthers ever wrought. They received a full briefing, were told there was nothing substantial to the Times’ made up story, but no, that’s not enough. We need more hearings. This is nothing but a get-Trump Congress. Anything, anywhere. Russia, Russia Russia volume One didn’t work, two scoops of ice cream didn’t work. Stormy the porn whore didn’t take him out. “White House” souvenir soap didn’t take him out.
    This is just their shiny object du jour. Move on, nothing to see here. The media is the loyal terrier lapdog of the Dems, so the story will persist, but please.

  6. And so what? Do the democrat cowards want WWIII? Does anyone think the USA doesn’t fund assassinations?

    1. Of course dems want WWIII. Anything, absolutely anything, to unseat the President at all costs. Even at the expense of the country and its citizens.

  7. NYT reporting today cites large financial transfers from GRU account to Taliban linked account. When Trump was inviting Putin to the G7 meeting at Camp David, no one in WH national security thought it was appropriate to inform Trump????

  8. How sad that Ernst is going down Graham’s path? I really thought she had more backbone than that as well as higher standards Trump is like the virus. He infects and sickens everyone he comes in contact with? Lindsey Graham has turned himself into a dirty.. No thinking person pays any attention to him any more. He can’t move without Trumps permission.. His day is coming .. pathetic creature he has become..

    1. Republican strategist Rick Wilson wrote a book titled “Everything Trump Touches Dies.” Very sad but Ernst and Graham are just 2 of many.

      1. Graham has always been a RINO. He’s actually grown somewhat of a spine after all these fabricated democratic conspiracy theories. That’s how ridiculous the left has become.

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    Of course it was .

    That’s why the story won’t die.

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    Only a moron would believe a Rephucklican.

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