Calls from Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill are growing for the intelligence community to brief lawmakers on reports that Russian agents offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. soldiers.
In a letter to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded information specifically on whether President Trump was briefed on the reports and why Congress was not.
“Congress and the country need answers now,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in a statement Monday. “I therefore request an interagency brief for all House Members immediately.
“Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant threat to American troops and our allies and what options are available to hold Russia accountable,” Mrs. Pelosi said.
The New York Times reported Friday that U.S. intelligence concluded in March that Russian military intelligence agents had offered the bounties to militants linked to the Taliban. The paper said Mr. Trump was