The Pentagon this week denied a report in The New York Times claiming a Russian military unit paid out bounties to terrorists who killed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
The report also said that President Donald Trump was briefed on the intelligence. Trump has vehemently denied the claim.
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
On Monday, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman issued a statement saying the allegations in The Times remain unproven.
“The Department of Defense continues to evaluate intelligence that Russian GRU operatives were engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces