By Jeff Seldin
VOA News
June 30, 2020

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. lawmakers walked out of a White House briefing early Tuesday, saying they are not satisfied with what the administration had to say about allegations Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

The briefing, the second in as many days, was set up to share intelligence about the alleged Russian plot with senior Democratic lawmakers, following a similar briefing late Monday with members of President Donald Trump’s party.

“The most concerning part about it is that the White House didn’t have very clear answers,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Smith, told reporters, following Tuesday’s White House briefing.

“Very concerning to me was that their initial response was that they just wanted to make sure we knew that the president didn’t know anything,” Smith added. “That’s actually not normal.”

“Their basic position is that there was conflicting intelligence on this and, therefore, they took some actions but not as many as some of us think that they should,” he said…….

Writer Ken Bredemeier, Congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson and White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman contributed to this report. 

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