Rep. Kinzinger explains why question of Trump being briefed on Russia bounty intel is irrelevant

Rep. Kinzinger explains why question of Trump being briefed on Russia bounty intel is irrelevant

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. , told Fox News RadioTuesday that it is unlikely President Trump was briefed on intelligence thatRussia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan due to the informations unverified nature. "I dont think the president was briefed," Kinzinger told"The BrianKilmeade Show. " "Thebriefer made the decision when he -- keep in mind this is when the coronavirus pandemic is kicking off as well -- skipped over that issue to wait for more information. "MCENANY: PELOSI PLAYING POLITICS WITH FALSE REPORTING ON RUSSIAN BOUNTIES FOR US TROOPSTheNew York Timesreport on the intelligence sent shockwaves throughout Washington over the weekend. A senior U. S. official told Fox News Monday that the National Security Council recently met to come up with a "menuof responses" to Russian action in Afghanistan. However, a White House official saidthe president was not briefed on the matter until "after the NY Times reported on unverified intelligence" Friday. "What Ido know is that whether or not the president was briefed, frankly, is irrelevant because the intelligence agencies could not yet agree on this," explained Kinzinger, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who attended a White House briefing on the subject. "If this is something, you need to have large agreement or at least agreement to a point of significant confidence to be able to take action. "Otherwise, in theory, if its not true and youre reacting against the Russians, think of the damage of that. "CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPKinzinger added thatthe intelligence leak to the Times ismore than likely going to "dry up any trails we have been pursuing to get more information on this," but urged lawmakers to resist politicizing the issue as they wait for more information. "I think where were at now, unfortunately, this has become a political issue," he said. "Republicans and Democratsshould
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