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Congress demands answers from Trump administration on Russia bounty intelligence

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A bipartisan group of congressional leaders is demanding the Trump administration explain what it knew about reports US intelligence concluded Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops.

(CNN)A bipartisan group of congressional leaders is demanding the Trump administration explain what it knew about reports US intelligence concluded Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and CIA Director Gina Haspel to provide all-member briefings to Congress on the intelligence, while Senate Republicans say they are seeking more information from the Trump administration, too.

The swift response underscored the congressional push for information about the US intelligence -- and whether President Donald Trump was briefed on the matter, which Trump denied.

"We need to know whether or not President Trump was told this information, and if so, when," Schumer said in a statement demanding an all-Senate briefing.

Thornberry, a Texas Republican, told reporters on Monday he was concerned if the President was not briefed on intelligence that US troops could have been endangered.

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