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Democrats Demand Briefing on Report of Russian ‘Bounties’

  • Leaders want U.S. intelligence officials to provide details
  • Pelosi calls administration’s inaction on report ‘disturbing’
Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on June 24, 2020.

Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on June 24, 2020.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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The two top Democrats in Congress are demanding that intelligence officials brief lawmakers on reports that Russian military intelligence offered bounties for killing U.S. service members to Afghan militants and whether President Donald Trump was given the information.

“The questions that arise are: Was the president briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote on Monday to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel seeking a briefing for all House members. “Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant threat to American troops and our allies and what options are available to hold Russia accountable.”