US Intelligence to Brief Congressional Leaders on Russia Bounty Report

 U.S. congressional leaders will seek more information from top intelligence officials Thursday on reported Russian payments to Taliban militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

The directors of U.S. intelligence agencies were scheduled to brief the “Gang of Eight” made up of congressional leaders and chairs of the intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

President Donald Trump, a Republican who has worked to cultivate warmer relations with Moscow, denied being briefed on the matter before it was reported by news outlets last week. On Wednesday, he called the reports hoaxes.

Democrats in Congress have accused Trump of not taking intelligence information concerning soldiers’ deaths seriously enough.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top elected Democrat, said the United States must immediately impose sanctions on Russia.

“To see this possible threat, this bounty on our soldiers be treated so lightly, without investigation and the rest, is so inappropriate. It is dereliction of duty,” she said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday evening.

The White House has struggled to explain the Trump administration’s response to the bounty reports, but has not commented on their substance or denied the information was included in written presidential intelligence briefings.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Trump was not verbally briefed on the intelligence because his CIA briefer concluded the allegations were uncorroborated.

Trump said on Wednesday he was not told about the reported Russian effort because many U.S. intelligence officials doubted its veracity, a stance contradicted by four U.S. and European sources and by its inclusion in a widely read CIA report in May.

“We never heard about it because intelligence never found it to be of that level,” he told Fox Business Network.

The New York Times, which broke the story last week, has reported Trump received a written briefing in February.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Susan Heavey, Mark Hosenball, Steve Holland, Arshad Mohammed, Humeyra Pamuk, Phil Stewart, Mohammad Zargham, Lisa Lambert and Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Arshad Mohammed, Andy Sullivan and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Andrea Ricci, Dan Grebler and Chizu Nomiyama)

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  1. This thread is proof that there are people with their heads up their asses like Johnny Boy always says. The correction to his posts is that they are the Libbies.

  2. Delbert if you watch and read real news you would have heard that the claim had no merit for action to be taken. I am sure there are a lot of things like that.
    That’s why we have an intelligence committee to sort thru issues.
    You and the other Libbies on here just wish it is true like a lot of other bullshit that we have seen.

  3. Phyllis if you watch real news you will get the answers! Trump was not informed because it did not have merit. Also if Schiff is on the intelligence he would have heard about it but there was no peep from him. And as we have seen Schiff does a lot of peeping whether it be bullshit or not.

  4. It’s your narrative but let me explain how you arrive at it! First, make up a good sounding lie pass it around to see if it can be improved, leek it to your Media Friends, it gets broadcast, presto, it must be true or they would not broadcast it! It’s called Propaganda, not News

  5. The TRAITOR supporting trumphuhkers sure are stuck on stupid.

    Any one who thinks trumpuke did not know about this is a gullible moron.

  6. Paul, can you be specific as to what you perceive I call a lie? It would be helpful in determining to what you are referring.

  7. Trump got a written briefing on this on Feb 27, but as we know, he doesn’t read.

  8. Phyllis regarding your comment about Fred, look at yourself first like a pig slopping up feed from a pig trough (the fake news media). I thought you would have learned something over the last 4 years.

  9. Poor Chuck, any reporting or comment that does not comport with what he wishes to be true, is deemed to be “a lie” Sounds as if he is a “snowflake.”

  10. Hugh, If that is how you perceive the Taliban, what was your response when Trump invited them to Camp David?

  11. Well….let’s see…

    The Afghans hate the Russians more than the USA, so what Ruskie will be going around offering bounties?

    Since when did a Taliban Muslime ever need a bounty to shoot an American soldier?? That’s like offering my dog five bucks to eat a steak!

    Trump has been withdrawing soldiers from Afghanistan since he’s been in office. He’s brought more soldiers home from there than either Bush, who started it, or Oblamer who escalated it.

    Since when has Nasty Piglosi ever cared about our troops safety?

    The NYT and “uncorroborated story”. No more to say, other than “FAKE NEWS”!

  12. This is a manufactured story. The rollout was too perfect, the drumbeats too synchronous. Somewhere behind this is a Fusion GPS paying out big bucks to coordinate action. And the IC & Media are willing participants.

  13. Pelosi makes accusations and the NYT Lied about a briefing. Democrat dirty tricks.

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