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AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year...

6/30/2020 5:36:00 AM

The White House was aware in early 2019 of intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans. That’s a full year earlier than has been previously reported.

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year...

June 30, 2020 GMTPresident Donald Trump listens during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

The White House did not respond to questions about Trump or other officials’ awareness of Russia’s provocations in 2019. The White House has said Trump was not — and still has not been — briefed on the intelligence assessments because they have not been fully verified. However, it is rare for intelligence to be confirmed without a shadow of a doubt before it is presented to top officials.

ADVERTISEMENTBolton declined to comment Monday when asked by the AP if he had briefed Trump about the matter in 2019. On Sunday, he suggested to NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump was claiming ignorance of Russia’s provocations to justify his administration’s lack of a response.

“He can disown everything if nobody ever told him about it,” Bolton said.The revelations cast new doubt on the White House’s efforts to distance Trump from the Russian intelligence assessments. The AP reported Sunday that concerns about Russian bounties were also included in a second written presidential daily briefing earlier this year and that current national security adviser Robert O’Brien had discussed the matter with Trump. O’Brien denies he did so.

The administration’s earlier awareness of the Russian efforts raises additional questions about why Trump did not take any punitive action against Moscow for efforts that put the lives of Americans servicemembers at risk. Trump has sought throughout his time in office to improve relations with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, moving earlier this year to try to reinstate Russia as part of a group of world leaders it had been kicked out of.

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Officials said they did not consider the intelligence assessments in 2019 to be particularly urgent, given that Russian meddling in Afghanistan is not a new occurrence. The officials with knowledge of Bolton’s apparent briefing for Trump said it contained no “actionable intelligence,” meaning the intelligence community did not have enough information to form a strategic plan or response. However, the classified assessment of Russian bounties was the sole purpose of the meeting.

ADVERTISEMENTThe officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the highly sensitive information.The intelligence that surfaced in early 2019 indicated Russian operatives had become more aggressive in their desire to contract with the Taliban and members of the Haqqani Network, a militant group aligned with the Taliban in Afghanistan and designated a foreign terrorist organization in 2012 during the Obama administration.

The National Security Council and the undersecretary of defense for intelligence did hold meetings regarding the intelligence. The Pentagon declined to comment and the NSC did not respond to questions about the meetings.Concerns about Russian bounties flared anew this year after members of the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six, raided a Taliban outpost and recovered roughly $500 thousand in U.S. dollars. The funds bolstered the suspicions of the American intelligence community that the Russians had offered money to Taliban militants and other linked associations.

The White House contends the president was unaware of this development as well. However, the information was also included in the presidential daily briefing. And officials told the AP that O’Brien did brief Trump on the matter. O’Brien has denied such a briefing occurred.

The officials told the AP that career government officials developed potential options for the White House to respond to the Russian aggression in Afghanistan, which was first reported by The New York Times. However, the Trump administration has yet to authorize any action.

The intelligence in 2019 and 2020 surrounding Russian bounties was derived in part from debriefings of captured Talbian militants. Officials with knowledge of the matter told the AP that Taliban operatives from opposite ends of the country and from separate tribes offered similar accounts.

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The officials would not name the specific groups or give specific locations in Afghanistan or time frames for when they were detained.Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denied that Russian intelligence officers had offered payments to the Taliban in exchange for targeting U.S. and coalition forces.

The U.S. is investigating whether any Americans died as a result of the Russian bounties. Officials are focused in particular on an April 2019 attack on an American convoy. Three U.S. Marines were killed after a car rigged with explosives detonated near their armored vehicles as they returned to Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military installation in Afghanistan.

The Marines exchanged gunfire with the vehicle at some point; however, it’s not known if the gunfire occurred before or after the car exploded.Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief, said at the time that at least five Afghan civilians were wounded after the attack on the convoy, according to previous reporting by the AP. It is not known if the civilians were injured by the car bomb or the gunfire from U.S. Marines.

The Defense Department identified Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, from Newark, Delaware; Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, from York, Pennsylvania; and Cpl. Robert Hendriks, 25, from Locust Valley, New York, as the Marines killed in April 2019. The three Marines were all infantrymen assigned to 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, a reserve infantry unit headquartered out of Garden City, New York.

Hendriks’ father told the AP that even a rumor of Russian bounties should have been immediately addressed.“If this was kind of swept under the carpet as to not make it a bigger issue with Russia, and one ounce of blood was spilled when they knew this, I lost all respect for this administration and everything,” Erik Hendriks said.

Marine Major Roger Hollenbeck said at the time that the reserve unit was a part of the Georgia Deployment Program-Resolute Support Mission, a reoccurring, six-month rotation between U.S. Marines and Georgian Armed Forces. The unit first deployed to Afghanistan in October 2018.

Three other service members and an Afghan contractor were also wounded in the attack. As of April 2019, the attack was under a separate investigation, unrelated to the Russian bounties, to determine how it unfolded.The officials who spoke to the AP also said they were looking closely at insider attacks — sometimes called “green-on-blue” incidents — from 2019 to determine if they are also linked to Russian bounties.

__AP writers Zeke Miller and Deb Riechmann in Washington, Deepti Hajela in New York and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »

impotus to ADXFlorence TraitorInTheWhiteHouse TraitorGOP But Hillary But Obama TrumpIsATraitor Fake news Yamiche Now we see how much trump cares about the united States army. The army and many other brunches don't even treat women fairly and folks of different nationalities. Trump can cares less about anyone life but his own.

TrumpKnewAndDidNothing RussiaBounty VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare That’s terrible Do people really think the Taliban needs monetary incentives to kill US soldiers? I don’t buy it. Shameful ! So many in this Administration knew this was happening and did NOTHING about it! Unbelievable. tommorrison950 U.S. Soldier Know: The RussiaBounty was Putin's payback to America for that time in 2018 when US Special Forces kicked Russia's ass and killed hundreds of Russian-backed militias and their Russian mercenary trainers in Syria's 'Deir ez-Zor province'....

JenTromans This is beyond ridiculous! What was done when they found out? Did people die from inaction? We need answers! JenTromans Treason. MichaelRapaport Tremendous!The taliban has been fighting the US for 19yrs.Does any serious person really think that they need an incentive from Russia to do so?R these the same unnamed sources who gave us irak?FFS trump is horrible but Trump derangement syndrome is absolutely insane!!

According to Hilary Clinton, the USA created the Mujahadeen in the 80s to kill Russian soldiers on Afghanistan. So what's the issue here? The fact that it took Russia 40 years to retaliate? Or the fact that they dared at all? 'Da. I'm doing this and you are going to do nothing. Understand? Da?' Rhymes with Steak Booze.

🤬😡🤬😡🤬🤬 Fake news Disgusting. Wait. Stop the presses. If this whole russia afganistan story was not an NSC / intel product but rather an open source product, it is not an intelligence product at all, and nytimes is caught in a huge fucking lie. Baiting If this doesn't make his base turn, then it truly is a cult.

Traitor. He should face criminal charges. Und wer war im Jahre 2010 Präsident? Richtig, Barack Obama. QAnons QAnonGermany WWG1WGA WWG1WGA_WORLDWIDE TraitorTrump GOPComplicitTraitors PutinsPuppets Republicans only care about the troops when they are political props. They don't actually care what hapens to them otherwise.

Jesus it’s all about november We knew ra45 was lying.. he can’t help himself..he’s either golfing or lying..narcissistic psychopath GeorgeTakei And yet this president did NOTHING! realDonaldTrump is a traitor for allowing Americans to be killed without any ramifications for Russia. What does Putin have on Trump that he allows this atrocity to happen with no consequences? Come clean Donnie!!!

Outrageous! tRump is a traitor! Evidence was not collaborated or verified just raw intelligence. That’s the facts check Of course they knew. Benedict Donald To my active duty/veterans; do you know your commander in chief was a draft dodger? So when you hear words about the flag and being a patriot do you want to still follow him?

Do we know, if the US were following a similar strategy when the Russians were occupying Afghanistan? Trump should be asked: 'Given that you said you were not briefed about the Russian bounty deal, do you think you should have been briefed on it, and if yes, is it important enough that those accountable for not briefing you be fired?'

Where is veteransfortrump What? Wouldn't that mean Bolton was still the National Security Advisor? His recent comments suggest he didn't know about it either. Trump knew and decided to do nothing because he's s Russian asset. TrumpTraitor trump has spent his entire presidency casting doubt in the intelligence community, why should we be surprised now that he did not react when reports of bounties were presented? He has again switched the narrative to satisfy his own agenda.

and what did trump do in response to Putin’s bounty on head of brave american GI’s..🧐🧐🧐 — Answer: He wanted his idol 🇷🇺 Putin in G-8.. WHY WOULD THAT BE.. 😬😬❤️❤️😬😬 duh Bullshit. More lies realDonaldTrump was allowing Russian agent's to put hits out on our American family members and did nothing.

No history, no context. Propaganda, not news. Trump is a loyal Russian. TreasonousTraitorTrump TreasonousTraitorGop TreasonousBastards Kremlinannex PutinsPuppets BloodOnTrumpsHands Treason TrumpCrimeFamily TrumpCrimeSyndicate RussianAsset Unit29155RussianDeathSquad jaketapper Is this about Obama and how he gave Iran pallets of cash while knowing they were paying to target U.S. Soldiers?

trump is a murderer gtconway3d This is either extremely dereliction of duty or treasonous behavior on IMPOTUS part! So how many times did Trump not read his briefings or listen to his advisers? arbyferris I’m starting to think Trump knew of the bounty and chose to ignore as he was attempting to appease Putin’s strategy of removing US from the region. Similar to the Syria strategy and the abandonment of our allies!

'AP sources' You people never learn. More CIA propaganda So Republicans knew about this before the impeachment hearings. And made a sham trial of them anyhow. They all must be voted out and never allowed to be in a position of political power again. Ever. Hell, we knew in 2010....but it was Iran, Hey sendavidperdue and KLoeffler why haven’t you released a statement yet? Where is your oath to our country? Where is your oath to our brave soldiers? Where is your oath to our constitution? Where is your integrity? Where is your leadership? Crickets!

Looked away while Putin had American soldiers killed. What shiny object did they get for their cooperation? No proof yet. Jim_Jordan NOT A HOAX Trump betrayed the Kurds, our allies. He left Isis prisoners unguarded so thousands escaped to continue their murderous ways. He ordered Taliban prisoners released knowing Russia was paying them to kill US soldiers. He is the worst traitor our Country has ever seen.

Trump wasn't briefed because the Intel wasn't credible--Trump knows intel wasn't credible, so that's why he wasn't briefed? Circular reasoning at its finest. When's he gonna blame Obama? ProjectLincoln it’s time to add focus to the people who enable him in Congress. Knew I would find a lot of Joe Biden losers here!!! I love being right - like pigs to the trough - 'SOOIE' 🤣🤣🤣

Even IF, he 'wasn't told', He Knows NOW! It's Tuesday morning and he's Still making excuses, distracting, diverting and deluding his base to avoid holding Putin accountable. 😡 ResignNowTrump FailedPresident VoteBlue2020 TreasonousTrump ComplicitGOP And no one came forward to tell congress!!!! NO ONE!!

marcorubio Back in the Obama days.. Treason. Good thing we were busy killing Iranian generals who were fighting isis instead....Israel and captain cheese got America's priorities all fucked up nina2in Hell, russian military executions might have been realDonaldTrump‘s idea Wonder what's in the hearts and minds of our troops learning this devastating news! They are serving under the lying, scheming traitor that is supposedly the leader of the free world?! Trump is a traitor to his country, the American people and all the troops in the USA Military!

I think this is a good case for arresting a sitting president. So your sources are anonymous officials and Bolton, who would not testify, but took a book deal. What boggles the mind is what was in it for Russia to do this? They had a lot more to lose than gain. Could it be that Putin iantmuch smarter than his puppet?

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WHY AREN'T YOU DEMANDING HIS RESIGNATION? jaywhyelle RemoveTrump Bolton was still the National Security Advisor when briefed but did nothing about it! GeorgeTakei Trump thinks the troops are Red Shirts serving his ego. VeteransAgainstTrump So what would an acceptable response have been? Surprise! Not.

Sounds about par for the course. He knew about coronavirus in 2019 too, but did jack shit. All this false narrative just to keep soldiers in Afghanistan, u Americans are Truly disgusting human beings What hold over Trump does Putin have? Why is the GOP silent? ALL of them and the appointed cronies must go. ALL OF THEM...let’s not wait for the election. Impeach the bastard again.

realDonaldTrump POTUS a damn year!!! How many bounties have been collected by the Taliban!! Traitor!! GeneHil12439202 Is the house smarter than the inhabitant? Quimsicle Traitor Trump Aware? Did nothing? Putin’s buddy? Are you a REAL AMERICAN? We can send you to Siberia! Then why wasn't it news back then?

Seems... treasony. Amani bates JasonZacharyTN ? timburchett ? SenAlexander ? MarshaBlackburn ? MasseyForSenate ? When will y'all realize that the GOP has become the Quisling Party? Throw yourselves from the Trump train. fakenews And still Republicans defend him. HouseDemocrats Impeach! AlanTudyk Did Punkpeo☠️of Covid? TrumpTraitor orders Iraqi/Syrian airstrike. Kills Maj. Gen. Soleimani & other Iranian officials based on an unsubstantiated lie: 'imminent attack'. Tosses in☠️🇺🇸pvt. contr. 4 added effect. 🇷🇺 paying Taliban bounty hunters to kill🇺🇸🪖s What am I missing?

GeorgeTakei Damn, you mean the dismembered soldier was in this time fram? I don’t even know what to say anymore. Numb. But not comfortably. Trump makes Teflon look like Super glue Hoo boy. Now they’re backtracking, saying John Bolton ... er ... anonymous sources ... claim the “intelligence” was “conflicting.” Translation - they’re full of crap and made stuff up.

JohnJHarwood That was an inconvenient truth so trump ignored it. So?! 🤔 senrobportman you were just at Wright Pat in Ohio, posing for photos with soldiers. Can you face them now? Is Russia’s bounty on our troops ok with you? 🇺🇸 trev0rwitha0 Russia diatribes working with Russian brain worms implanted with MSM will not win this election for Biden. Please enough already. M4All is what we need now!

Blood stains on his tiny hands How much has the Taliban collected? docrocktex26 The US has under 5% of the world’s population but accounts for almost 30% of the Covid19 deaths worldwide. Now we know too we have a President who is a literal traitor to his troops and veterans like me who were willing to serve when he wouldn’t. RESIGN!

And all the while 237 days and $136 million dollars spent golfing.... Does the Staff not change when new POTUSs come in? If Not if Biden wins he needs to Fire the Entire Staff and Hire New People, probably get better personnel from a Temp Agency! Or hire all Veterans.... FAKE NEWS from none other than the AP. How nice

docrocktex26 I don’t understand how a bribe would change taliban actions. They were already at war with the USA and trying to kill American soldiers. Dentorii Bla, bla, bla.... 25thAmendmentNow Fake news. The Times has now retreated from its position. JeanRui2 I’m so sick & tired of being sick & tired. The lies, the sucking up to a Russian leader, the bashing of our intelligence agencies, the racism, the pretending a pandemic isn’t happening, I just don’t know how much more I can take. This traitor has to go! 😞

Fake news!! I wanna new President. This one sucks at his job. This is NOT Fake News, this the Associated Press. Wake up American Patriots! What a useless administration. docrocktex26 🤬🤬🤬 Let's not forget, pence knew too. So did a lot of other people in this administration. Is the penalty for treason still hanging? Asking for the country.

Aren’t some members of congress briefed as well? Should they be, going forward? Serious question. Someone with knowledge please educate me! Given that this has been known for 2 YEARS maybe the American people should have known a bit earlier? They're the targets. Trump's knows now and has for days. He's still not done a damn thing. Is he waiting for Putin's nod?

TraitorTrump Jesus ! Hopefully this time it won’t all get brushed under a carpet because Trump makes an outrageous speech or totters down a ramp. Hopefully this will run and run until he and his snivelling cohorts are out of the WH and into a jail house ! Is it possible that Trump is a Russian spy? Why on earth would he invite the Taliban to Camp David.

how many Americans were killed? I don't remember a surge in deaths there. A whole lot of Taliban were killed before and during the negotiations ... I remember that. Show me a bank transfer ... something solid. But Ben Ghazi are my pizza! alanfriedmanit lynnv378 And during that same TRE45SON TreasonousTrump

TriciaNC1 'unnamed sources' is code for FAKENEWS We have Mr. Trump to thank for revealing just how damaged a democracy can become in the hands of would-be despot. I hope the country fully recovers from this teachable moment. Am now wondering if this was known even earlier. How about the Repubs who spent 4th of July in Moscow? SenRonJohnson

Do you know what would truly crumble the empire? A named source. Find a patriot (or White House official) to actually go on the record. I appreciate the role of journalism but until someone has the guts, love of country to step up, credibility is going to be deemed questionable. alanfriedmanit DanaPerino ok. Focus on this.

This story has been officially debunked. Add it to the endless list of hoaxes. If you support the party of the hoax mill, ...might be time to ask yourself just what you support. Lies. BEN GHAZi Well...¿what other thing I can say?...first; 'Iran intent', after; china intent, after; 'the maduro plan', and now, Mr. POTUS don't listen, don't read, don't see the Scientific Solutions on the table, run desperated looking for conflicts. DemocratPartyUS ABC CNN BBC dw FT

alanfriedmanit i chiari concetti di un rimbambito.... e le significative espressioni delle presenti..... gtconway3d RemoveTrumpNow RemoveTrumpNow RemoveTrumpNow RemoveTrumpNow RemoveTrumpNow Don't forget his Tan Suit, You are so finished. How many Russians did Obama kill? Trump has killed several hundred.

GeorgeTakei THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ARE LIARS BountyGate lie lies liars LiarInChief PressSec WhiteHouse VP VPPressSec realDonaldTrump GOPChairwoman GOPLeader GOP lisamurkowski SenatorCollins JohnCornyn marcorubio RandPaul MarkMeadows tedcruz SenateGOP senatemajldr This should be suicide. Then again he’ll probably get away with it.

jason_howerton how’s tucker gonna own the libtards on this one ? Oh wait that’s right , you haven’t talked about this because you’re incapable Trump + Pence = Traitors gtconway3d TREASON !!!! Mmmmmmmmm...........sounds a lot like this story from 2010 Yamiche Dear Trump base voters: How is your “support our troops” ethos being represented here by your boy, Trump Sacrificing our troops to boost his relationship with Putin in Russia You’re OK with this

Your source is John Bolton? LOL, yeah ok.... Looks like I just found the article I’ll be tweeting to Charlie Daniels this morning. The intelligence community has already said that They never briefed the President. The bigger story is who leaked classified info with the hope of spinning something bad on Trump. This is getting old and liberals are out of control.

Seems a tad worse than Benghazi, no? See a pattern? What the fuck? BBCJonSopel DimChanceCariad As if the Taliban needed bounties to kill the invaders. The Taliban exist to kill invaders. Just as the American forces exist to kill the 'others' du jour. People are very stupid if they believe this nonsense.

And Obama bombs kids in Yemen so the Saudi’s could have more oil. AP with the selective news again MsMariaT corpjester1 Similar to 9/11 This man would sell his children for the art of the deal. Do you honestly thinks he cares about our troops or cops? WTIC1080 The Taliban exists to kill US soldiers, with or without Russia. They even kill Russians! The ‘intel’ and story is completely bogus, that’s why no one was briefed. FAKE NEWS

fake news If true, it's not only treasonous, but to a level that could qualify for the death penalty. Where are the papers calling for Trump’s resignation? Fake news and nothing but hate news against our President! So from what i take it unless he told after the usa population knows about it and is complaining about it he considers himself not breifed on it even if he told about it before.

Your Story is so Fake-just like Your Fake Sources👉🏼”Officials Wi/ Knowledge of,” “According to Officials w/ Direct Knowledge,” “Officials w/ Knowledge of the Matter,” The Media Lies So Much—Media MUST Put Up “Document Proof” & “Named Sources” or its ALL just FakeBS👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Yamiche Well I guess now we know what information in Bolton's book that Trump wanted to remove because it was 'classified'.

You fail to report tht “Bounties” by the Iranian Govt for U.S. Soldiers Killed WERE paid to Iranians —Obama KNEW & Yet he went ahead with Iran Nuclear Deal. Obama/Holder Armed MX Drug Cartels Wi/ I Illegal Arms & Killed a BP Officer. Holder was Charged wi/ Obstruction by Congress He received a perfect beautiful daily briefing. Broken down in itty bitty words so He can grasp the gravity of the threat and he and all the others who knew Pompeo Esper etc went to great lengths to keep it to themselves.

This is treasonous activity by this administration. This is nonsense. John Bolton would have known about it if it was true and would have obviously been a massive part of his book. I get those people that want Trump out, but at the same time you should apply some common sense. Your Story is so Fake-just like Your Fake Sources👉🏼”Officials Wi/ Knowledge of,” “According to Officials w/ Direct Knowledge,” “Officials w/ Knowledge of the Matter,” The Media Lies So Much—Media MUST Put Up “Document Proof” & “Named Sources” or its ALL just FakeBS

do we have any suspected names or numbers that were killed as a result of Putin's bounties and Trumps IDGAF mentality? And Americans died If Pelosi knew and did nothing she should step back from the Speakership. Where are those Benghazi pearl clutchers? Where's the OUTRAGE? So long as you don’t kneel at a ball game you’re cool?

AP sources rofl. Uh... Treason? Texasdem1 JESUS Russians Russians?...or (((Russians)))? Fake news deejay90192 realDonaldTrump knew! TRE45ON LockThemAllUp Another Cover-up Yamiche OMG. 😠 MsMariaT I said it. A YEAR. And he has massive loans coming due, loans backed by Russian Oligarchs and the most dubious bank in the EU.

WTF? I’m sure republican senators are focused on the important issues, like having a Benghazi hearing to find out what really happened over there. GeorgeTakei What has realDonaldTrump got to say about that? Very little or nothing, I'd imagine. But i will guess that PressSec will retrofit a bullshit third wheel to the story to explain it away.

Phil_Lewis_ This is so disgusting for an American, much less an Amefican president. Trump works for Putin. The question is how many of the other Republicans do? I’m guessing quite a few. PutinsGOP GeorgeTakei You honestly think the CIA were not doing the same with the Mujahadeen (You know, Al Quida) in the 80s? A bit of payback by their sons in the GRU.

Kinda makes HER EMAILS look like small potatoes now, doesn’t it? Seriously, how could any American keep this quiet for so damn long? TRE45ON We should be sitting across from Putin not beside him. You sit beside friends and he is not one of them. And yet, nothing matters and nothing will happen. realDonaldTrump ?

'Concerns about Russian bounties flared anew this year after members of elite SEAL Team...raided Taliban outpost & recovered...$500K in U.S. currency...bolstered suspicions of American intelligence community that Russians had offered money to Taliban militants...' ethevessen 😡😡😡😡 GeorgeTakei Trump is a liar

When you elect a clown as Commander-in-chief 💁🏻‍♂️ Countdown to resignation “for health reasons.” O viousky Trump is lying or just can’t read which is it Yup. Its time for trump to resign. how many scandals has this insane dude by now? still his base hold onto him somehow. this dude hates america and his followers hate america too. no Terrorist could damage USA like these lunatics have.

joncoopertweets If Russia and Taliban have any thing wrong with any case about our U.S. member military, there both Russia and Taliban must be pay for. jaketapper Not looking good for your dad there DonaldJTrumpJr . Seems he’s a cowardly arse, very much like yourself . MAGA🤮 EkbMary It all makes sense now why John Bolton called Trump a Traitor. Bolton couldn't tell us why but now we all know. TrumpTraitor TrumpPutinAllies TrumpMustResign

I'm seeing a lot more questions than answers. I need more information and if this turns out to be true, 45 needs to be removed from power ASAP. I bet 10$ that John Bolton is the source for this story Russia has the right to do so, as they are suffering sanctions from the USA Yes, if it were true... Allot of unsubstantiated nonsense in this article. And as usual the sheep will eat it up.

A pattern... Damn! knobcreekfarms Do the part where an American Rag gave The Taliban full coverage, call President Putin KremlinRussia_E for full reporting cuz folks are sick of WeinersLaptop is lost but every thing Russia is Found littlesueellis TRE45ON TrumpTraitor soldiers died because of his negligence and affinity for Putin GOP do your job

bolton.. how many knew and kept quiet TraitorTrump GOPComplicitTraitors All Putin has to say is that he very strongly didn’t do it and our dumbass president will believe him Whoa whoa whoa! That means that all of those around him are guilty. They allowed him to do this. Wow just wow. Only one republican voted for impeachment. I thought it was a disgrace when they stood by him after Helsinki. They are all despicable

Trump and Pence were not briefed.. Work on the headlines people. Donnie.......... The WH was too busy trying to kick out all the immigrants. That’s why.. Fucking LIARS! It’s Iran and it was in 2010! Pos This is why he'd rather make headlines for racist tweets. Media needs to start naming names. Not one bit by the dozens so realDonaldTrump can’t bully them with stupid name calling. Leaks are comin' from everywhere because this president is unstable and unfit to lead. WhiteHouse SenateGOP ProjectLincoln MeidasTouch PutinsGOP

So why won’t a single republican stand up? Well spank my ass and call me Charlie! This treasonous schmuck could've had this added to his Impeachment charges last year, if ONLY someone in his admin would've spoken out!! DerlectionOfDuty AllRoadsLeadToPutin TRE45ON OurSoldiersDeserveBetter ONEV1 AYFKM? traitor 💩🍊🤡 resignalready

This guy😤 But but i thought nfl players kneeling was disrespectful to the military and their sacrifice ? There is always a tweet touching on everything that he does that he used to accuse Obama of Republicans and Democrats knew. This is disgusting. The whole White House is lying to cover for an inappropriate relationship between the US President and Russia. Read that again. Who thought we'd get here?

At least a British parliamentarian, Tobias_Ellwood is asking questions about the British side of this. Perhaps AmerIcans will hear the truth from inside the House of Commons rather than from their own government. Its the Democrats fault for distracting Trump with Russiagate 1.0. Omg!! Wth? TrumpIsARussianAsset RemoveTrumpNow

MichaelRapaport He's a traitor, guilty of treason. Plain and simple. realDonaldTrump How many soldiers did the GOP and him not doing anything got killed? The POTUS DENIED. The PressSec LIED. All to hide realDonaldTrump's COWARDICE & FAILURE to protect our soldiers. TRUMP IS A TRAITOR. GOP DNC RussianBounty TraitorTrump TraitorsSupportTraitorTrump

When I was a young man we called this “Treason.” In 2020 we call it “Monday” gtconway3d Imagine what those West Point graduates must be thinking now. realDonaldTrump please resign!!! What about the others who knew? Like the generals? NOT ONE PERSON SAID OR DID ANYTHING!!! WTF? IS HAPPENING? So guessing lies have been told once again by WH staff. Sad as Kayleigh could have done far better working elsewhere. Now her reputation is tarnished like the rest of Trumps followers

Public executions for him and all of his cronies and family. That's how we punish treason. Don't look for job elsewhere opportunity to earn from home through bitcoin investment is available i invested $20,000 and got $55000 ask sir Adam how AdamBello01 Love the perspective on the accompanying photo. Makes realDonaldTrump look like the small man that he really is.

I thought PressSec would never lie to us.. Remember when we had a leader who brought the hammer instead of one trying to sell nails for our soldiers coffins How do you know exactly from where? We look like the Keystone Cops! We've been at war with Russia since the day WWII ended-surprise, they want to kill Americans-remember Nukes in Cuba-obviously, this POTUS, not that POTUS-so, channel your Twitter energy into registering people to vote, and getting people to vote

The Bombshell in this article is that AmbJohnBolton personally briefed realDonaldTrump on the RussianBounty in March of 2019 It’s been going on for OVER A YEAR & trump has taken no action to stop it This is High Treason! RussianBountyGate TraitorInChief So what. If the White House were to believe every rumor from the 'intelligence community' we would invade Iraq and destroy their weapons of mass destruction. OOOPS Amazing how you NOW want to believe every rumor that you didn't start.

MatthieuFauroux Fake news Trump is our fearless leader. He probably was not informed. Protect our president at all costs. Trump2020 RepWOLFPress , TGowdySC — same verve as Benghazi? Why is trump always “unaware” of everything? Impeach this POS now!! Right this minute. How many American troops killed by Afghans who were paid by Russian DRU?

Botski So this intel - kept popping up and as we’re confirming...we’re also benefiting russia? What I am a lurker on Twitter but this is gold jaketapper Every major U.S. newspaper needs to call for his resignation tomorrow on the front page. He didn’t know because he doesn’t read his intelligence briefings. Quite the defense.

In today's news, the SCOTUS upheld the Federal death sentence law. I believe it applies to treason, doesn't it ?! Ignorance is no excuse. And remember he was trying to invite the Taliban to Camp David. Trump and WhiteHouse knew of RussianBounty since 2019! What does it take to remove TraitorTrump from office? Asking for dead Americans. senatemajldr SpeakerPelosi dscc SenateGOP TRE45ON

This looks bad 👎 Oh, shit. Susan Collins is going to be REALLY deeply concerned over this one. Was that before or after Helsinki! Trump can be charged when he leaves office. He was not exonerated! Jail for Trump Right Bernstein That’s, like, 30 Mooches. jaketapper Keep digging. Don’t let go of this story. Stay on it. Thank you!

jessiwhiteside JEEZUS. Anyone who thinks the cold war ended is wrong, it only deescalated. Russia under Putin is pulling some of same stunts that Russia did in the 80's. As long as the intelligence community was on top of things keep Congress in the dark. Congress under Pelosi wouldn't do anything. What the fucking fuck.

So, are trump and pence getting a cut of loot, from the russians, for the scalps of our Beloved Troops? A year and a half? Could he have even known about this, even longer than that? TRE45ON GOPBetrayedAmerica 🤯 If this is true, he should be removed from office immediatley -- Fuck impeachment. 2019? DerelictionOfDutyDonald 25thAmendmentNow

MichaelRapaport Wow John Bolton? The same man who could have given impeachment a good chance of winning? He needs investigating for collusion. If he knew about the bounty offer and also knew that Trump was ignoring it, he should have told the public via a leak of some kind. This is unreal. An American President ignoring our intelligence services regarding the on-going deaths of America service men & women—by bounty. How in the hell can anyone support him? Trump belongs in prison.

Trump must be removed from office immediately. Where's Seal Team Six when you need them? GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES! Hey remember when Obama wore that tan suit? Man what a shameful time for the US Presidency... Well, tomorrow/today (6/30) IS Semion Mogilevich's 74th birthday... how about taking *AWAY* a present: RemoveTrumpNow!

THIS MF RIGHT HERE POTUS VP VPPressSec PressSec What's the excuse now? Trump needs to resign gtconway3d As a US military family I am heartbroken, busted and disgusted. Yamiche “...a full year earlier...” I need to take some time and let that sink in. Thanks for letting me know....now who is going back to work?

WhiteHouse PressSec realDonaldTrump Mike_Pence Well? Has he resigned yet? Is Jared writing the speech? Who says exactly? Because until I see the evidence with my own eyes it's just a deflect and distract ploy from this government to take our eyes off the chaotic disaster happening right here right now. I predict the evidence will be 'top secret.'

Does this rise to the 'kneel during the anthem' level of (so called) treason? TrumpOut2020 Taliban, criminals, Russians, bricks of US currency. Russians move pure opium out, push inbound cash to Taliban who funnel it to criminals directed to attack Americans as part of deal. Follow the poppies, bro. This is Afghanistan. RussiaBounty NSA

I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked. Trumpexit Still not a crime. This is a lie!! So he can’t blame impeachment for failing to mention this? Mmmmm server? GeorgeTakei Does this actually surprise anyone? All intelligence agencies have reported that the President not Vice President was briefed on any of this. This article initially posted by NewYorkTimesUSA is a joke. How can anyone believe anything his rag writes anymore or the AP for that matter. Trash rags = bad for America

GeorgeTakei But he wasnt told?&just in case China has said their is a new strain of virus& pigs can past on-new strain of virus-so,watch out people-past on to all leaders of the world about strain-just in case,it's bad enough trying to deal with killer virus we have now. Trump knew. He has blood on his hands.

Sickening. realDonaldTrump VP If this is true and you did nothing you should both resign. ShameOnYou Interesting how BoltonBook leaves this important detail out DrJamesPeterson Can we assume they were also paying for perfectly timed terrorist attacks in Europe right before elections as a way to cause fear and increase support for Russian-funded far right parties?

TikiRose Veterans, Goldstar families, and recent West Point graduates should surround the White House in silent accusation until Trump resigns. They might consider satellite vigils at state capitols – or state GOP offices. joncoopertweets Everyone in the right wing media would be losing their mind right now if Obama had done this. Republican hypocrisy is amazing.

SarahBWitkin Holy Hell TrumpLiesAmericansDie Im sure this doesn't even scratch the surface. Of course Trump was aware. He works for Putin. TrumpIsARacist TrumpIsARussianAsset Trump didn’t care. He didn’t care. Doesn’t care about members of our military. Doesn’t care about Americans who don’t support him. Doesn’t even care about those who do support him. Doesn’t care about The Constitution. Doesn’t care about our rights. He only cares about himself.

JoshCrewsReally '..According to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.' In this internet rage, cage & crazy day in age, we, the American people, need names of sources. People willing to sacrifice for the common, decent, hard working folk in the American republic. Go on record! Oh wow this keeps getting worse.

Hello GOP GOPLeader senatemajldr TRUMP NEEDS TO RESIGN Umm wth?!!! SpeakerPelosi SenSchumer RepJerryNadler RepAdamSchiff MarkWarner ChrisMurphyCT SenBlumenthal SenateDems HouseDemocrats HouseJudiciary Benghazi HerEmails JFC 💩🤦‍♀️ But it's worse that it was reported.🤨 TrumpResignNow Just Remembered the sculpture they sent to the US after 911.... There's something cooking & democracy has never worked in the US land of the free 😂😂😂😂

Fry their asses. Remember Benghazi? Omg.... GeorgeTakei JFC... 25th Ammendment now Yamiche Waiting for dumb Donald to change the news cycle in 3...........2............1 So AmbJohnBolton briefed the President in March of 2016. Time to bring Bolton in to testify, RepAdamSchiff SpeakerPelosi. He Knew. He ok’d it. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t work for us. He needs to be removed. He is a threat to America. TraitorTrump TrumpKillsUSTroops TrumpNeedsToBeRemovedFromOffice

I will pay way more than I should for someone to on demand stream the perp walk. Netflix, Amazon Prime, someone....Channel your inner Ed Harris. Make this your finest hour. joncoopertweets trumpmustgo TrumpMustResignNow Meanwhile, Trump was close to arranging talks with the Taliban at Camp David last summer.

Newsflash: fu¢king scumsh!t administration were scumsh!ts at their earliest opportunity while 30% of the population screamed at the rest of us for not being ok with the Whitehouse being occupied by complete, despicable, horrifyingly incompetent scumsh!ts. And shit won’t happen... watch. I have no faith in karma anymore

jaketapper Do you ever get tired of “unnamed sources” making you print fake news What does the Bolton book say? And yet Trump and his Cronies did Nothing ! Delerection of Duty ! Now let's talk about Benghazi ! Look at all the dumbasses advocating WWIII for something that probably never happened. Why would Russia pay the Taliban to do what they were already doing for free? Do you people have brains?

No name named, no concrete evidence provided, and no new motivation for Russia to escalate the situation to hurt trump. Yeah, another piece of politically motivated fake news. I am not a Trump fan BTW. Not even Bolton, of all people, can confirm if it happened. If the National Security advisor at time can’t control it, it probably didn’t happen.

I did NOT have this on my Apocalypse Bingo Card. Trump, Pence need to go now, together. Nancy, take the reins. You lost me at “according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge”. Even PressSec knew! Not such a dumb blonde as we think, eh How about the gift of a military base to Putin on his birthday? Check out the dates, check it out for yourself. You won’t see this on the news.

Couchmans_View realDonaldTrump commits TRE45ON every day. More then this is under the rug... We only have seen the behavior, as a deception underlining the real issues. Oh the press said it so it must be true realDonaldTrump Not so long ago CIA supplied weapons, training and money to Taliban to kill Russians now in reverse and big deal.

Has Secret Service Stood Down, FBI Summoned to take this Dangerous, Traitorous Thug into Custody. Don't forget his Gazing Sidekick, Pence, he gets the same Briefings and will Lie just like he did with Ukraine Extortion. Every enemy in the world offers bounties on US soldiers. That's a given. Trump is Russia’s pocket.

2019!!!! BREAKING Get him outta herrrre SenateGOP GOP dont care about our troops. Treasonous. Jesus. According to a war monger trying to sell a book More fake news. Sic semper tyrannis! TrumpTraitor TreasonousTrump DoMoreThanJustDumpTrump Bolton is not known for being a liar. He might not be the patriot he likes to think he is, but not witnessed him lying in past in any reports.

What else Orange Man Bad ......OK still voting for him Nov3 PutinsBitch They couldn't fit it on the single page they give trump for intelligence briefings. Is this actually big or is this just something that will be swept away in a few months. I remember getting notifications and being like 'wow this is huge' and then nothing comes of it

A year!... Was this a counterintelligence operation? Top officials in the white house.......? How about a name or two? and it was garbage then and garbage now. Why the fuck do you think it is came up again? GeorgeTakei realdonaldtrump is a traitor. Adam Schiff & CNN taught us never to believe unnamed sources.

OMG! realDonaldTrump WhiteHouse VP PressSec GOP GOPChairwoman senatemajldr GOPLeader This contradicts Reporting out today. Busted OMFG😤😡🤬😢 Russia if you’re listening

White House Press Secretary Defends Trump Sharing 'White Power' VideoKayleigh McEnany said Trump shared the video for his 'demonized' supporters and claimed the president somehow 'did not hear' the white supremacist slogan. Very 'convenient' how the staff around Trump spend their days excusing Trump's short-comings, fabrications, and failures with less and less creative lies. And, Kayleigh McEnany asserted the NYT & WaPo ”should return their Pulitzers!” If only Trump would withdraw his presidency for saying; in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus, and the 15 cases will soon be zero

White House Press Secretary Defends Trump Sharing 'White Power' VideoKayleigh McEnany said Trump shared the video for his 'demonized' supporters and claimed the president somehow 'did not hear' the white supremacist slogan. They aren’t Demonized......they are absolutely some of the stupidest racists and bigots on the planet!! Protect statues, but let troops get murdered. The president is more worried about playing golf all weekend. Instead of being a leader, he lies to the people. He doesn’t care about the 127000 plus dead Americans, that he could have saved . He’s a racist. He needs to be removed.

Trump, White House yet to condemn 'white power' video he retweetedMore than 24 hours after Pres. Trump retweeted a video of a supporter shouting 'white power,' he still has not condemned the use of the term, distanced himself from the supporter or apologized for sharing it. Because he's not sorry. K It was obviously a mistake get over it ABC

Trump's 'white power' retweet set off 'five-alarm fire' in White HousePresident Trump set off a “five alarm fire” in the White House on Sunday morning after he retweeted a video of one of his supporters saying “white power,” according to two White House officials. 👎🐷🤮🦠🦠🦠😂🤣 Trump is a white supremacist, that is a fact. You literally have to watch the video several times and really pay attention to even hear it. Who the hell has that much time?

House Democrats to receive Afghanistan briefing at White House TuesdayA group of Democratic lawmakers will be briefed at White House on Tuesday morning about US intel that Russia ns purportedly offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, sources tell NBCNews. GOP lawmakers were briefed Monday. NBCNews Why separate? So the GOP can get their lies straight? NBCNews Really! That is brand new information! NBCNews Is that so the TOP can get their story straight?

4 men charged in attack on Jackson statue near White HouseFederal authorities have charged four men in connection with a failed effort last week to pull down the statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House. Dont care. Arrest BreonnaTaylor killers, Impeach the president and/or barr. But leave the people alone They charged them with failing?!! TurkeyIsBombingKurdistsn