Democrats disappointed by lack of 'new substantive information' about bounty intelligence reports

Democrats disappointed by lack of 'new substantive information' about bounty intelligence reports


House Democrats on Tuesday emerged from a White House briefing on Tuesday disappointed over what they said was a lack of “new substantive information” about intelligence reports that Russian intelligence agents may have offered Afghanistan’s Taliban a “bounty” to kill American and allied troops.

A group of top congressional Democrats — including impeachment team leader Rep. Adam B. Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee — attended a White House briefing by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien on Tuesday morning. Leading Republicans received their briefing the day prior.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, who attended the meeting, told reporters later that there was evidence presented during the briefing that “the Russian government was paying bounties to Afghans to attack coalition partners, not just Americans.”

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The Washington state Democrat said that while briefers did not dispute that there is some evidence supporting the reported

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