WASHINGTON — A top U.S. commander said an intelligence review has not turned up corroborating evidence of a Russian effort to bribe the Taliban to kill American soldiers, but the U.S. continues to hunt for information on the matter.
“We continue to look for that evidence,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, said in an interview with NBC News. “I just haven’t seen it yet. But … it’s not a closed issue.”
Amid uncertainty about the intelligence, Democrats have continued to press for investigations and even Russian sanctions, as they criticize the Trump administration’s response to the matter.
“Two New Yorkers were killed in an attack potentially tied to the Russian bounty program,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “Yet the Trump administration has continued to try and hide the details of the bounty program from the America people, denying these families the clarity they deserve. I will keep working to ensure an investigation is completed and the affected families get answers.”
She said an investigation should be completed by an independent government watchdog, an inspector general.
House Intelligence Committee member, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who received a White House briefing on the bounties, declined an interview to discuss McKenzie’s …read more
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