December 18, 2021

USA: Trump Wasn't Briefed On Unverified Russian Bounty Taliban Intel, But Adam Schiff Was. Schiff Didn’t Tell Anyone. Months Later Made Up Fake Story, Appearing On All CNN, MSNBC Shows.

written by Beth Baumann
Sunday June 28, 2020

Members of the American intelligence community have concluded that members of the Russian intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants if they successfully killed members of the American military, the New York Times reported. The problem, however, is that almost everyone involved in this story says it isn't true. The White House, Russia and even the Taliban have said the Times' story is false.

According to the anonymous source that spoke to the Times, the Russians intending "to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year."

The source claimed that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were briefed on the situation and the National Security Council discussed it back in March.

Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the country had no diplomatic complaints on record.

“If someone makes them, we’ll respond,” Peskov told the Times.

In the Times' piece, the Taliban's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the terrorist organization had no "such relations with any intelligence agency." He labeled the accusation as an attempt to "defame" the group.

“These kinds of deals with the Russian intelligence agency are baseless — our target killings and assassinations were ongoing in years before, and we did it on our own resources,” Mujahid explained. “That changed after our deal with the Americans, and their lives are secure and we don’t attack them.”

The most telling part of the article included absolutely zero details:
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the delicate intelligence and internal deliberations. They said the intelligence had been treated as a closely held secret, but the administration expanded briefings about it this week — including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces are among those said to have been targeted.

The intelligence assessment is said to be based at least in part on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals. The officials did not describe the mechanics of the Russian operation, such as how targets were picked or how money changed hands. It is also not clear whether Russian operatives had deployed inside Afghanistan or met with their Taliban counterparts elsewhere
So this information is based on an anonymous source yet there are no details about how the operation took place, what American troops were targeted, how meetings were conducted or even how the Taliban received their so-called payments. Why are there no details?

According to the president, he, the vice president and the chief of staff were never briefed about this operation. Trump labeled the story as "fake news"
Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an “anonymous source” by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020

...Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine - Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said he confirmed that Trump and Pence weren't briefed on the allegations.
written by Staff
Thursday July 2, 2020

Well, this is certainly interesting.

Adam Schiff took to the airwaves this past weekend to pontificate about how awful Donald Trump is. That’s become a regular thing during the last four years, whereby Schiff is routinely allowed to spread ridiculous conspiracy theories with no push-back on networks like CNN, MSNBC, and CBS. It doesn’t matter to these astute news outlets that the California Representative has been caught lying over and over, especially regarding anything to do with Trump and Russia. They still have him on and treat him as an authority anyway.

Schiff was brought on Sunday to talk about the recent, unverified allegations regarding Russia and bounties being paid to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As my colleague streiff explained regarding the matter, this was obviously yet another leak designed to attack Trump via the intelligence community. For his part, Schiff feigned ignorance and acted indignant that Trump didn’t “do something” in response a supposed report the President wasn’t even made aware of.

But now, there’s some new information arising that flips the narrative on its head.
Top committee staff for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were briefed in February on intelligence about Russia offering the Taliban bounties in Afghanistan, but he took no action in response to the briefing, multiple intelligence sources familiar with the briefing told The Federalist. The intelligence was briefed to Schiff’s staff during a congressional delegation, or CODEL, trip to Afghanistan in February.

Schiff, who has acknowledged President Donald Trump was never briefed on the so-called intelligence, has thus far refused to disclose that his staff was personally briefed. The revelation raises serious questions that Schiff is once again politicizing, and perhaps even deliberately misrepresenting, key data for partisan gain.

Asked by a reporter Tuesday if he had any knowledge of the Russia story prior to the New York Times report, Schiff said “I can’t comment on specifics.”
What’s this tell you? That the outrage over Trump not personally flying to Russia and punching Putin in the face is nothing but theater. Schiff was made aware of this all the way back in February. He likely saw it was unverified and uncorroborated, which is why he didn’t pursue it. It wasn’t until the media made a story of this, and Schiff saw a political opening to press, that he suddenly started to care about this issue.

I’m not suggesting Schiff should have done anything, as the intel does legitimately appear to be too raw to act on. But if one is going to attack Trump for “not acting,” perhaps that person shouldn’t have sat on their hands for five months instead of moving to investigate? The fact that Schiff did just that is very definitive proof that there’s nothing here.

So what’s really behind this story? The answer is two-fold.

Obviously, anything that connects Trump with Russia is seen as a win for the media and the Democrats. They’ve been pushing their wild, conspiratorial accusations about the President being a Russian agent for years. They were never going to give that up, and with the election approaching, it was time to recycle the narrative. This also serves as a wedge between one of Trump’s most supportive voter segments, i.e. military members.

But there’s a broader reasoning behind this leak as well, and CNN gave the game away today.
It’s all so transparent. Schiff knew about all this and did nothing because there was nothing to be done given the lack of veracity of the intelligence. The only reason this is a story now is because it targets Trump and helps keep us in Afghanistan. It’s that simple, and it’s more proof that the beltway never changes.


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