House Democrats briefed on alleged Russian bounties
UPDATED 11:15 AM PT — Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Top Democrats in the House are calling for more direct details from intelligence agencies on the allegations of Russian bounties on U.S. troops.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued remarks Tuesday, following a White House briefing. He said the Democrats did not receive any new substantive information. Hoyer requested the briefing to find out who knew about the claims and when they found out.
This follows a statement from the Pentagon Monday, which noted there is no evidence that Russian spies have been offering bounties for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Trump called reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops a hoax. Nothing in the White House briefing I attended today led me to believe it is a hoax. I urge the Admin to schedule an all-House briefing with the Intelligence Community immediately. https://t.co/O1NMIpriPz pic.twitter.com/c8i7mAsXII
— Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) June 30, 2020
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the intelligence agencies have not come to a consensus on the veracity of the reports and, therefore, the president was never briefed on it.