Top officials in the Trump White House were aware in February 2019 that Russia was offering cash bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers, a full year earlier than was reported last Friday, according to US officials with direct knowledge of the classified intelligence.
Donald Trump was given the information in his written daily intelligence briefing in late February 2019. Former national security adviser John Bolton told colleagues he personally briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.
The UK government stated that Trump briefed Prime Minister Boris Johnson - but the White House is still sticking to its extremely implausible story that this information still has not been shared with Trump!
In early 2020, Trump was informed of Russia's offer of cash bounties yet again, after the US military recovered roughly $500,000 in US currency in a Taliban outpost raid, which bolstered suspicions that the Russians were offering money to Taliban militants. The White House claims Trump was also unaware of this information.
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. https://t.co/l409NqqbEa— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Data intercepts showed GRU-to-Taliban $ transfers & a key intermediary fled to Russia, bolstering earlier detainee accounts about a Russian bounty op. Trump WH omitted in its briefing to GOP lawmakers as it downplayed intel as murky/contested. https://t.co/bmMd4V7Fjt— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) June 30, 2020
PS/ I'm glad this scandal broke through. Not sure why the scandal that led to 200 US soldiers with TBIs in Iraq didn't break through, or the genocide of the Kurds that Trump green-lit, or the trade war he saddled US farmers with so he could get Trump Org trademarks from Beijing.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 30, 2020
PS2/ I'm also not sure why Trump green-lighting Israeli interference in the 2016 election didn't break through as a scandal, or Trump trying to execute a takeover of the Ukrainian LNG industry to please foreign donors hoping to launder money into Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 30, 2020
UK officials are also confirming the report. Trump and Pence were briefed in late March, and Trump waited 3 months to brief Boris Johnson. Trump can't claim he didn't know when he briefed Boris Johnson.https://t.co/8Tcc4g6dkl— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) June 28, 2020
SCHIFF: "I find it inexplicable in light of these public allegations that POTUS hasn't come before the country & assured people that he'll get to the bottom of whether Russians are putting bounties on the heads of troops, & he'll do everything in his power to protect US troops." pic.twitter.com/r8nsDtEpri— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2020
Tammy Duckworth: "While he spent his wknd golfing, lying, & making sure the buck stopped anywhere but w/ him, our troops in hot spots were forced to wonder whether they might be next, whether a bounty might be placed on them, and whether POTUS would even care enough to respond." pic.twitter.com/YhePUMPjZg— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 29, 2020
Translation: Hey, the president can't remember everything when told Russians are paying bounties to kill American soldiers. You can't remember everything. https://t.co/IrShx2ZJYk— Wayne Slater (@WayneSlater) June 30, 2020
.@SenBillCassidy deleted this tweet in which he seemed to suffer from amnesia about the existence of President Trump pic.twitter.com/MEwoMv3YUJ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2020
One thing the Bolton book makes clear is that top Trump administration officials treat the president like a child because he is similarly ignorant pic.twitter.com/ziBCK4mRQD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2020
Somewhat similar to the “all these people are dead because he was fooled by Chinese misinformation” push of April. https://t.co/Vn0SVRRyyi— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 30, 2020
For those of you keeping score at home: pic.twitter.com/ARaGQyFQ7E— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 30, 2020
There really is a Tweet for every occasion.https://t.co/Xx2pgZ9vC0— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) June 30, 2020
“The calls caused former top Trump deputies ... to conclude that the President was often ‘delusional’ ... the calls ‘are so unusual,’ confirmed a German official, that special measures were taken in Berlin to ensure that their contents remained secret” https://t.co/12By8mF6e3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 29, 2020
Biden on Trump's coronavirus response: "It seems like our wartime president surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield." pic.twitter.com/6dXpdyI5CV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2020
Fewer than 30 people have been convicted of treason in US history, but Donald Trump has accused at least 12 people/entities of "treason" in the past 2.5 years:Completely bypassed the battlefield and headed straight to the golf course.— Bluearies (@BlueAries328) June 30, 2020
Former FBI agent Peter Strzok
Former president Barack Obama
Congressional Democrats (for refusing to clap during his State of the Union speech)
The news media
The anonymous author of a newspaper op-ed
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page
Former FBI director James Comey
Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe
California Democrat Adam Schiff
The attorney for the Ukraine whistleblower
The Justice Department (under the Obama administration)
A leader of Black Lives Matter