'Congress and country need to answer now': Pelosi reported Russian action

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on US intelligence community leaders to provide information on reports that Russia has gifted the Taliban for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan.

"Congress and the country need answers now," Pelosi in D-California wrote in a letter Monday to President Donald Trump's CII director and his National Intelligence Director.

Pelosi said he would like to know if Trump was briefed on intelligence assessments, and if not why.

"... What does the intelligence community know about this significant threat to U.S. forces and our allies, and what options are available to hold Russia accountable," the speaker wrote.

White House press secretary Kyle McNee told Fox News that he would be briefed on Congressmen later Monday, but did not say whether it would be open to all members of the House, as Pelosi called.

Trump on Sunday denounced himself as describing the Russian reward operation, which was first reported by the New York Times and confirmed by several other news outlets, including the Associated Press. Stories tried to make Trump suspicious.

The President tweeted Sunday night, "Intel informed me that they did not find this information credible and therefore did not inform me or @VP." "Maybe another Russia fake, maybe by fake news ... Republicans want to look bad !!!"

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin denied the report.

According to Russian news agency TASS, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, "These claims are nothing but lies." Peskov echoed Trump's Twitter post saying the New York Times was known for publishing "widespread fakes."

Intelligence "only goes to the president and top officials when it is deemed valid and credible," McNaney told Fox News. So this is very clear when explained to members of Congress today.

Lawmakers from both parties are seeking more information and answers from the Trump administration about the White House, and why no action has been taken to prosecute Russia.

House Republican leadership member Rep. Liz Cheney said in a tweet Sunday, "If the report is accurate, why should the White House make it clear to the President and Vice Presidents that the case has not been explained and" what is "in response to protecting our forces and holding Putin accountable? "

The Times reported in its story Friday that Russian military intelligence officials rewarded Taliban-linked militants for killing American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. The Times article reported that White House bosses were informed about the case at the end of March, and also informed Trump.

It is unclear whether American soldiers died as a result of the Russian operation. Intelligence officials are investigating an April 2019 attack on an American convoy that exploded with a car carrying explosives near their armored vehicles during a visit to Afghanistan's largest US military installation, Bagram Airfield, the Associated Press reported. The Marines were killed.

An Afghan contractor and three other US service personnel were injured in the attack. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter. Officials who spoke with the AP said they have been closely monitoring internal attacks - sometimes called "green-on-blue" incidents - since 2019 with gifts to determine whether they are Russian.

Trump has insisted on withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan amid a peace deal with the Taliban.

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