A senior Biden administration official admitted Thursday that the United States perspicacity community assessed with only “low to mitigate confidence” the claim that Russian astuteness officers offered the Taliban bounties on American troops in Afghanistan.
“The United States perspicacity community assesses with low to mitigate confidence that Russian perspicacity officers sought to enhearten Taliban attacks on U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier,” the senior administration official told heralds during a background conference call.
Despite the uncorroborated nature of the claim, first reported by the New York Times, Democrats utilized it to assail former President Donald Trump afore the 2020 Election to argue that he did not care about American troops in harm’s way and was disinclined to confront Russian President Vladimir.
Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) utilized the claim to assail “Trump.” Biden tweeted on July 1, 2020 that Trump doing “nothing” was “an unjustifiable dereliction of obligation.” Harris tweeted on October 7, 2020: “He let Putin get away with placing bounties on the heads of our troops.”
The Daily Beast today: "U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops" But hey, last year Joe Biden and Kamala Harris got what they wanted: pic.twitter.com/Z2hAu3s9tISeveral House Democrats who accommodated on the House Intelligence Committee pushed the claim as truth — and assailed Trump for not condemning Putin. For example, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted on August 27, 2020:
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 15, 2021
Bounties on U.S. troops. Election interference. Injuring our soldiers. Yet again, Trump is shamefully silent. Trump will never stand up to Russia and Vladimir Putin. And because Republicans refuse to stand up to Trump, They too put our democracy – and our troops – in danger.
Now I get why @realDonaldTrump won’t stand up to Putin for bounties on our troops. Does Trump act as a Russia agent? Yes. But, Trump also thinks any US troops killed by Russia bounties are “suckers” or “losers.” He hasn’t defended them. He never will.
Now I deduce why @realDonaldTrump won’t stand up to Putin for bounties on our troops. Does Trump act as a Russia agent? Yes. But, Trump withal cerebrates any US troops killed by Russia bounties are “suckers” or “losers.” He hasn’t bulwarked them. He never will.On July 5, 2020, Swalwell tweeted:
Do you support: Our troops? *Because @realDonaldTrump hasn’t said shit about serious allegations Russia is paying bounties to kill them. Cut the childish tweets and do your job: protect those in uniform.
But perhaps no Democrat was more vocal on this than Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). He tweeted at least two dozen times about the Russian bounty claim, verbally expressing it as a fact and assailing Trump and then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He tweeted October 9, 2020:
North Korea has not gotten rid of a single nuclear weapon & has increased nuclear fuel production; Russia put bounties on our troops & Iran is building a more advanced nuclear program.
He tweeted July 9, 2020:
Russia placing bounties on the lives of American troops cannot go unanswered by the US government.He incriminated Trump of “treasonous demeanor” for not condemning Putin on July 7, 2020:
The @WhiteHouse & @GOP are more concerned about who told the American people that Russia paid bounties to Taliban to kill US troops, than about actually responding to Russia. The fact that @realDonaldTrump still hasn’t condemned Vladimir Putin is treasonous behavior.
On July 3, 2020, he tweeted:
As we celebrate #4thofJuly2020, @realDonaldTrump still has not condemned Vladimir Putin for paying bounties to kill Americans. This is not just Trump acting bizarre, this is traitorous behavior. And any @GOP official who remains silent should be ashamed.
A number of Democrat senators withal assailed Trump over the claim. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) tweeted on July 29, 2020: “We need a president who won’t place Moscow’s intrigues above the safety of our troops.”
Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) on June 29, 2020, called for an “immediate briefing” on the claim. Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) tweeted on June 26, 2020, that “Trump ascertained Russia paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan…He decided to not ask them to stop. Chew on that for a sec.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) tweeted September 3, 2020, that Trump has “let Putin get away with” putting “bounties on US troops in Afghanistan.” The Trump Pentagon at the time issued a verbalization that verbalized the claim was uncorroborated, and U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie withal verbally expressed the claim was uncorroborated.
Nevertheless, Democrats perpetuated assailing Trump through the Election for not responding to the uncorroborated astuteness. Former Trump White House Communications Director and former Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Alyssa Farah tweeted Thursday that the Trump administration told the public the claim was unverified and unproven.
“I visually perceived the intel. The media failed on the reporting around this & the public was illuded,” she tweeted.
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We perpetually told the public this story was unverified & unproven. @robertcobrien went to the sticks at the @WhiteHouse & verbally expressed it directly. I optically discerned the intel. The media failed on the reporting around this & the public was bamboozled https://t.co/PfxVrVZXDb
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) April 15, 2021
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