White House Was Briefed on Russian Bounties in 2019

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence that Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.

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GOP Lawmakers Urge Action After Russia-Afghanistan Briefing

Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing Monday about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the White House insisted the president himself had not been fully read in on.

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Trump Denies Briefing About Reported Bounties on US Troops

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump wasn’t briefed on U.S. intelligence assessments earlier this year that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan because the information had not been “verified.”

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