Associated Press
Associated Press 30 Jun 2020

AP Debrief: U.S. knew of Russian bounties in 2019


classified intelligence -- a full year earlier than has been previously reported. (June 30)

New reports now detail that Trump was briefed on intelligence that Russia was offering bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in early 2019. The Morning Joe panel discusses along with a new David Ignatius Washington Post column. Aired on 6/30/2020.
New reports from the Associated Press and the New York Times raise questions about what Pres. Trump knew and when he knew it. Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, says the report shows "President Trump knew what was going on" even though the White House denied the claims, and Ron Klain, former senior adviser to President Obama, says the new timeline raises more questions about why the Trump administration isn't dealing with Russia in a "more rigorous way." Aired on 6/29/2020.
The White House denies President Trump had any prior knowledge of allegations that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for the deaths of American troops. But there are reports U.S. officials provided a written briefing to the president earlier this year on the alleged bounties. CBSN political contributor and Associated Press White House reporter Zeke Miller joined CBSN to explain how some top officials may have been aware of the situation even earlier.
Some Senate Republicans are questioning the media reports that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Some who have been briefed on the claims say they've concluded they aren't corroborated. (June 30)

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