The Democrats demanded that the intelligence report about the "conspiracy" of Russia with the Taliban
Democrats in the U.S. house of representatives demanded that us intelligence officials had personally told them about the information about the alleged "conspiracy" of Russia with the Taliban against the US military, said Tuesday the leader of the democratic majority in the house of Steni Hoyer.
The New York Times, citing anonymous us intelligence officials published an article in which asserted that military intelligence of the Russian Federation has offered a reward associated with the Taliban militants for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan and that the US President Donald trump reported. Evidence was provided.
"I urge that the White house and chief of staff fulfilled my request and ensured that we were given explanations of the intelligence community directly, so we could fully understand," said Hoyer told reporters.
According to him, held on the eve of a White house briefing for the eight congressmen gave them background on the position of the White house, but not the position of intelligence. Democrats insist that intelligence gave them his assessment of the authenticity of the reports.
At the same time one 81-year-old Hoyer misspoke and called Russia the Soviet Union.
He also supported the idea expressed earlier by democratic leaders, that a separate briefing on this topic was held for all members of the house of representatives. According to him, there is no doubt that "Russia is still involved in the situation in Afghanistan in a negative way".
He refused to answer further questions.
"Today I voiced concern to the White house, which, I think, many of us have, about the possible existence of a reluctance to inform the President about what he wants to hear. And it can be even more true in the case of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and Putin's Russia than for other topics," said participated in a press briefing the head of the house Committee on intelligence, Adam Schiff.
The Russian Embassy in the United States earlier demanded from the authorities an adequate response to the threats made to the diplomats because of the news about Russia and Afghanistan. The Russian foreign Ministry called the media reports a fake. Trump called the article "paid". Trump adviser for national security Robert O'brien announced that the accusations of Russia in "collusion" with the Taliban has not been confirmed by US intelligence.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the publication of the New York Times, said that these allegations are false. On the question of journalists, discussed if trump somehow this subject with Putin in the course of this year, Sands said.