Top GOP lawmaker calls for answers from White House after report on Russian bounties on US forces

Source: The Hill | June 28, 2020 | Justin Wise

House Republican Conference Chairperson Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is calling for answers from the White House regarding an explosive report that intelligence officials concluded Russia placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in Congress, said on Twitter that if the reporting on the issue is accurate, the Trump administration needs to answer a set of questions about what it knew about the intelligence and how it responded.

She also zeroed in on the White House’s denial that President Trump and Vice President Pence were briefed on the intelligence, saying there needs to be more information provided on why this was the case. 

“If reporting about Russian bounties on US forces is true, the White House must explain: 1. Why weren’t the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB? 2. Who did know and when? 3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?” she tweeted.

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