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Democrats say they want to hear from intelligence agencies, not White House on bounties

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A classified White House briefing Tuesday did little to satisfy House Democrats' demands for an explanation of intelligence that Russia offered the Taliban bounties, as Democrats expressed concerns that President Donald Trump's national security team appeared unwilling to brief the President with information he didn't want to hear.

(CNN)A classified White House briefing Tuesday did little to satisfy House Democrats' demands for an explanation of intelligence that Russia offered the Taliban bounties, as Democrats expressed concerns that President Donald Trump's national security team appeared unwilling to brief the President with information he didn't want to hear.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer took a group of House Democrats to the White House for a briefing Tuesday morning, one day after House Republicans received a similar briefing following media reports that US intelligence showed Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing US troops.

Democrats said at a news conference after the briefing that they needed to hear directly from the intelligence agencies -- not the White House -- reiterating their call for a briefing to the full House.

The White House said Monday that Trump was not briefed on the matter because the intelligence "wasn't verified. " Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said there was "dissent" within the intelligence community about the intelligence.

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