Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after speaking separately with Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel about press reports regarding Russian bounties on American and allied forces:
“Today, I spoke with DNI John Ratcliffe and CIA Director Gina Haspel about the disturbing press reports alleging that Russian military intelligence secretly offered Taliban-connected militants bounties for killing American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
“My call to each of them was to follow up on my formal request for a full House briefing on the intelligence surrounding Russian bounties.
“I reiterated that a primary purpose of the intelligence community is force protection. Similarly, as Members of Congress, our priority is to keep our men and women in uniform safe. Many serious questions remain regarding what the White House is doing to address threats to American and allied troops and to hold Russia accountable.”
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