October 4, 2022

Nancy Pelosi calls on intelligence officials to brief Congress about Russian bounty claims

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is always roving for new material to attack Trump with, even as Democrat stall critical police reform proposals and ignore the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

On Monday, Pelosi made her move to begin an investigation into the claims that the Russian government offered bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan last year. Though the reports are tenuously supported, Democrats are already talking impeachment. 

The New York Times released a report on Friday detailing claims from US intelligence officials that The New York Times, that a Russian military intelligence agency offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US forces in Afghanistan during the time that the Trump administration was attempting to facilitate peace talks to end the decades-long war.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the bounties had resulted in the deaths of several U.S. troops in Afghanistan during the same time frame.

President Trump and the White House denied that the report was accurate on Saturday. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that Trump will hold a press briefing on Monday to clear up confusion about the conflicting reports.

Pelosi doesn’t want to wait for the actual truth to come out though, so she’s pulled the trigger on requesting two top U.S. intelligence leaders to appear before the House for a briefing on the matter. Pelosi told Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe in her letter of request that “Congress and the country need answers now.”

“The Administration’s disturbing silence and inaction endanger the lives of our troops and our coalition partners,” Pelosi continued in her request. “The questions that arise are: was the President briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed … I therefore request an interagency brief for all House Members immediately.”

Though Trump is expected to hold a press briefing to answer more in-depth questions about the report, he also responded to it on Sunday evening via Twitter. “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me,” Trump said in a tweet directed at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who also demanded answers.

“Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad,” Trump concluded.

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