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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:13 PM

Trump Got Written Briefing in February on Possible Russian Bounties, Officials Say

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/politics/trump-russia-plot-afghanistan.html

The investigation into Russiaís suspected operation is said to focus in part on the killings of three Marines in a truck bombing last year, officials said.

By Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt, Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman

June 29, 2020

Updated 10:10 p.m. ET

American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, two officials familiar with the matter said.

The investigation into the suspected Russian covert operation to incentivize such killings has focused in part on an April 2019 car bombing that killed three Marines as one such potential attack, according to multiple officials familiar with the matter.

The new information emerged as the White House tried on Monday to play down the intelligence assessment that Russia sought to encourage and reward killings ó including reiterating a claim that Mr. Trump was never briefed about the matter and portraying the conclusion as disputed and dubious.

But that stance clashed with the disclosure by two officials that the intelligence was included months ago in Mr. Trumpís Presidentís Daily Brief document ó a compilation of the governmentís latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trumpís brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.

Moreover, a description of the intelligence assessment that the Russian unit had carried out the bounties plot was also seen as serious and solid enough to disseminate more broadly across the intelligence community in a May 4 article in the C.I.A.ís World Intelligence Review, a classified compendium commonly referred to as The Wire, two officials said.

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Reply Trump Got Written Briefing in February on Possible Russian Bounties, Officials Say (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Monday OP
FM123 Monday #1
sprinkleeninow Monday #6
samplegirl Monday #2
Laffy Kat Monday #3
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subterranean Monday #4
SMC22307 Monday #5
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:15 PM

1. Thanks for the NYT link!

Just watching Lawrence O Donnell and he is discussing this now....

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Response to FM123 (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:35 PM

6. I have him on too.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:27 PM

2. All together now...

Russian bounty! Russian bounty!! Russian bounty!!!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:31 PM

3. So, it's gone from he didn't know to he didn't take it seriously? nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:37 PM

7. How many excuses do those make so far? 2-3? Wait for more....

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:32 PM

4. Well, if it was a written briefing, he probably didn't read it.

That much I can believe.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:34 PM

5. K&R

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:44 PM

8. And everybody knew about it!

a description of the intelligence assessment that the Russian unit had carried out the bounties plot was also seen as serious and solid enough to disseminate more broadly across the intelligence community in a May 4 article in the C.I.A.ís World Intelligence Review, a classified compendium commonly referred to as The Wire

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:35 PM

9. He probably thought it was Bounty paper towels

n/t

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