‘He didn’t know about it’: GOP defends Trump following Russian bounty claim

‘He didn’t know about it’: GOP defends Trump following Russian bounty claim


Top Republicans defended President Trump against allegations he ignored a report that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. service members stationed in the country.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said he attended a White House briefing with Democrats about the matter.

“I know the press likes to think the president knew this and didn’t say anything, that it was a cover-up,” Inhofe said on Tuesday. “He didn’t know about it, and I’m convinced of that.”

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Inhofe said that, based on what intelligence officials “knew at the time” about the claim, it did not rise to the level of informing Trump.

“I think probably not,” Inhofe said.

Sen. Todd Young, an Indiana Republican and head of the Senate campaign arm, also defended Trump. Young, a former Marine intelligence officer, said he reviewed the information about the claim that was provided by top Trump administration intelligence officials and saw nothing to raise

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