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Vlad The Bounty Hunter

By Mahons On July 1st, 2020

Some interesting developments in the Russian Paying Taliban Bounty story for attacks on US and UK troops. Republican members of Congress have confirmed it was in the President’s daily briefing reports but that he wasnt told about it personally. Apparently, he doesnt like to read almost as much as he doesnt like to tell the truth.
At the moment the explanation for not telling the President in person is that there was no consensus in the intelligence community as to the facts (we dont know yet if these were material facts).
Putin does not like the United States. He is resentful of the collapse of the Soviet Union where he has a nostalgia for the misery Communism brought upon the World, and for which he supported that misery through his dedicated work in the KGB. I cant imagine a happier moment in his life than when Trump was elected. That Russian intelligence would pay the Taliban to thwart efforts for an orderly withdrawal is not beyond the pale. They wouldnt be paying the Taliban to win, just to wreck havoc.
It is still unclear how effective this effort was. But it clearly fits into a pattern of escalation.

85 Responses to “Vlad The Bounty Hunter”

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    DeBlasio just cut 1 Billion from NYC Police, AOC says it’s not enough, Crime in NYC has risen 300% in the last 2 months that number will now double.

    It goes to an unofficial vote today if this weekend NYC suffers a Blue Flu.

  2. Crime has risen in New York City, but 300% is simply a ludicrous claim.

  3. Republican members of Congress have confirmed it was in the President’s daily briefing reports but that he wasnt told about it personally. Apparently, he doesnt like to read almost as much as he doesn’t like to tell the truth.

    That’s incredible incompetence and laziness.

  4. thanks for keeping her lit Mahons, the previous thread was a universal denial of the story from all quarters on ATW . Unanimous . Except your truly 🙂

  5. It is difficult to know whether to believe these stories especially as its always leaks from unnamed officials that can’t be proven either way.

    The only thing we can all believe about this (well except Patrick) is that Trump receives detailed intelligent briefings and doesn’t read them 🙂

    Perhaps the security guys should send him little tweet summaries instead !

  6. Some journalist guy called Carl Quintanilla is claiming that the White House National Security Advisor has said that Trump has been fully briefed on the Russian bounty report.

  7. Colm – Well we do know it isn’t a hoax as the President claimed.

  8. Trump just publicly sided with the Russian Gov’t over the US Gov’t, calling the bounty on US troops a hoax. Then he attacked American press. His boss Putin will be proud.

  9. Technically he hasn’t sided against the US govt. just against the elements of US intelligence that have reported this story to the NYT.

  10. Trump is Allan from Aberdeen with a few more bucks in the bank

    Anti US, gullible and conspiracy oriented both of them. Two sides of the same Scottish bad penny.

    Trump actually thinks that the FBI and CIA are the bad guys and that Putin is the good guy- just like Allan.

  11. In addition to Trump several others in his administration were briefed. It has been public knowledge for several days. Still, no rebuke of the Russians or any action has been taken for placing bounties on US soldiers. This is only the latest example of Trump refusing to do anything against Russian aggression. It is reasonable to conclude Trump is acting in Russia’s interests. If Trump is not, he would at the very least verbally rebuke those responsible for placing the bounties.

  12. DeBlasio just cut 1 Billion from NYC Police

    Oh look, there’s a dead cat!

  13. Susan Rice asks the pertinent question. Why does Trump always put Ruissia first?

    “If Mr. Trump was told about Russian actions, why did he not respond? If he was not told, why not? Are his top advisers utterly incompetent? Are they too scared to deliver bad news to Mr. Trump, particularly about Russia? Is Mr. Trump running a rogue foreign policy utterly divorced from U.S. national interests? If so, why?

    A perilous pattern persists that underscores Mr. Trump’s strange propensity to serve Russian interests above America’s. Recall that, during his 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump publicly urged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails and praised WikiLeaks for publishing stolen documents. He denied and dismissed Russian interference in the 2016 election, then took Mr. Putin at his word at a Helsinki meeting while undercutting the U.S. intelligence community, and obstructed the Mueller investigation and distorted its findings. Mr. Trump recklessly removed U.S. troops from northern Syria and allowed Russian forces to take over American bases.

    Next, Mr. Trump unilaterally invited Mr. Putin to attend the Group of 7 meeting, a move that apparently upended the organization’s annual summit. Subsequently, without any consultation, Mr. Trump announced his decision to remove nearly a third of U.S. troops from Germany — a sudden and inexplicable withdrawal that weakens the U.S.-German relationship and harms NATO, while benefiting Russia. Most recently, we have learned that even Russian efforts to slaughter American troops in cold blood do not faze this president. Mr. Trump brushes off the information, evades responsibility and fails to take action — not even lodging a diplomatic protest. Now Mr. Putin knows he can kill Americans with impunity.

    What must we conclude from all this? At best, our commander in chief is utterly derelict in his duties, presiding over a dangerously dysfunctional national security process that is putting our country and those who wear its uniform at great risk. At worst, the White House is being run by liars and wimps catering to a tyrannical president who is actively advancing our arch adversary’s nefarious interests.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/opinion/trump-russia-afghanistan.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200701&instance_id=19904&nl=the-morning&regi_id=92386359&segment_id=32312&te=1&user_id=88a853b48475ac441e2bca51f72ddacb

  14. Is it to be assumed that the report on Russian bounty is true?

  15. Phantom

    You should read Susan Rice’s full piece as per my link above.

  16. Phantom

    You’re right to ask the question. For instance, what level of confidence does the NSC give the intel? How was it sourced, and from how many sources?

    As for Susan Rice above, I believe she is on Biden’s short list for V.P. Could that have anything to do with her writing an opinion piece for the NYT?

  17. Susan Rice is a straight shooter, and Trump has been a liar and conspiracy freak since he learned to speak

    I remain skeptical but I don’t think that disrespecting Susan Rice should be part of the thought process.

    I will read the piece

  18. Susan Rice is one of the most informed people on national security and intelligence. She is also a good thinker and writer. Her article in the NYT is important to read for anyone trying to understand what is currently happening in the US. BTW, she would make an excellent VP.

  19. She’s a tough cookie, and smart.

    I disagree with her on some things, but I respect her.

  20. If she debated Pence, she’d wipe the floor with him.

    It wouldn’t be a fair fight at all.

  21. Susan Rice is waiting to find out if she’s going to jail so who cares what the future convict thinks.

    As for the Russians…… who cares. Russia is our enemy, China is our Enemy, the Jihadists are our enemies. If you think there aren’t bounties on our soldiers, diplomats, corporate heads, and any citizen stupid enough to leave the borders of the US you’re just stupid.

    The thing is none of this is new.

    There have always been bounties on our people, what do you want to do ? Nuke Russia? China? Iran? I’m all for the last one but not the other two.

    Covid is played out, they tried every way from Sunday to find some reason to impeach or convict that all failed. Now things are about to swing into normal. People are going back to work and it’s an election season.

    Joe Biden is a disaster, so lets hold hearings over an imaginary issue that has always existed can never be done anything about but it will make great headlines for the Leftwing Press and the drones will have their chanting issue…..

    it’s FAKE NEWS.

  22. PVR

    “Russia is our enemy”. I fully agree. Trump and his team were informed that Russia has placed bounties on our soldiers in Afghanistan. As Commander-in-Chief do you agree Trump should at least verbally rebuke Putin and the Russians? If he does not do so, what does that mean?

  23. There have always been bounties on our people, what do you want to do ? Nuke Russia?

    No, just ask Trump to stand up for your troops by calling Putin out in public and showing some ****ing backbone against Russia. That would be a start. If this had happened on Obama’s watch you and your Fox friends would have screaming treason, and you know it.

    So quit with the shameless double standards.

  24. //There have always been bounties on our people, what do you want to do ?//

    Yes, the Russians probably also paid Trump a bounty to kill truth, logic and the last bit of decency in American politics.

  25. Peter the Obama Administrations State department was funneling money from Russia into the Pockets of every democrat politician and family member and lifted more sanctions than the two previous administrations put on them.

    When Russian troops attempted an assault on our assets in Syria we killed over 200 of them, and Trump has put back every sanction Obama lifted and added a ton more.

    Ro say he hasn’t stood up to Russia is pure ignorance.

    This is a bullshit story created by the dems out of panic……

  26. “calling Putin out in public and showing some ****ing backbone against Russia.” Trump has no backbone, but he does have bone spurs. Trump is so tough the North Korean dough boy can BS him and he just laps it up. He is so tough he can shout insults at Theresa May and Angelka Merkel then take it up the backside from the Turkish strongman. And, he certainly is not tough enough to chasten his master in Moscow.

  27. the Obama Administrations State department was funneling money from Russia into the Pockets of every democrat politician and family member

    Unintentionally funny.

  28. You said we killed a division of Russian military, that would be 10,000 at least. The 2oo you now have climbed down to weren’t Russians but pro government Syria forces of whom some might have been Russian mercenaries although the Russians themselves deny it).

  29. PVR

    “say he hasn’t stood up to Russia is pure ignorance.” So, why does he not stand up now that we have the goods on them?

    Why did he support Putin rather than US intelligence in Helsinki?

    The Dems are not in panic, they know they will wipe out Trump and that will bring down most Republicans in November.

  30. Funneling money into “every” Democrat politician and their family? Lol, almost as funny as your crime is up 300% in NYC claim.

  31. Pat you should be working at the WH in one of those unfilled vacancies . You sure know how to please your master . You’re really good at it. Top marks

  32. If I were an American, I’d say the more immediate point is how or why the president doesn’t read important briefings addressed to him.

    Are these intelligence reports just filed away unread? Or does some official read them and then advise the president (or not)?

  33. Trump wings it on everything.

    He was famous for it in the business world.

    He hardly reads anything

  34. He watches TV.

    I bet you a dollar that he has not read a book over the past 40 years.

  35. “Are these intelligence reports just filed away unread? Or does some official read them and then advise the president (or not)?” His national security advisor is supposed to read them and tell him – if he is in the mood! Copies are kept.

    We are not really sure that he can read more than a few simple sentences. Other presidents read books, I doubt he has ever read a book.

  36. They would’ve forced him to read some books when in high school or college, surely

    But he was a problem student, which is why they sent him to reform school ( “ military academy” )

  37. Are these intelligence reports just filed away unread? Or does some official read them and then advise the president (or not)?

    The word is that he doesn’t read the briefs because his attention span is less than five minutes and he’s itching to get back to watching Fox. So he gets short verbal summaries most days when he’s not playing golf. But the summarisers have learnt to skip over stuff he won’t want to hear about, and of course that includes anything bad about his pal Putin. This also happened in the early stages of the pandemic – he just didn’t want to hear about it.

  38. It would appear that…….

    The intelligence assessment is said to be based at least in part on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals.’ – NYT

    http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/june/30/russiagate-s-last-gasp/

    Former CIA Director William Casey said: “We’ll know when our disinformation program is complete, when everything the American public believes is false.”

    Casey made that remark at the first cabinet meeting in the White House under President Ronald Reagan in early 1981, according to Barbara Honegger, who was assistant to the chief domestic policy adviser. Honegger was there, took notes, and told then Senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who in turn made it public.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/spy-chief-ratcliffe-says-trump-never-briefed-on-russia-offering-taliban-bounties

    The nation’s spy chief denied reports that President Trump had been briefed on a U.S. intelligence report claiming that Russian military intelligence was offering bounties to Afghan militants to target U.S. and coalition forces.

    “I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a statement released just before midnight on Saturday. “The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

    What I note is the timing of the allegation – perfect timing with Covid-hoax and lockdown, and riots in cities in the lead-up to the Presidential election

  39. Then again, the Director of National Intelligence could be lying – so is it likely that the Russians would so flagrantly put out a bounty on American troops? It would be fairly easy to show that it had been done if it had been done.

  40. Governments and parts of governments do seriously bad and stupid things at times.

    But this does not sound right.

    And again, it would not serve the interests of the Russian state in my opinion, even if successful, even if undetected.

    I think that the conspiracy talk is what it usually is, world-weary nonsense from those who live on such tales, but I smell disinformation from a non-US source, or some kind of mistake, or, yes, a lie from a captured foreigner or whatever.

  41. Phantom – the source is obviously the criminal Afghan government, and the NYT salivated over the potential, just as the deranged at ATW – look at the comments 🙂

  42. I’d give the Afghan govt a good look at, yes.

    They don’t do a good job of fighting the Taliban themselves. If they did, and if they didn’t steal so much, their future would be a little brighter.

  43. As always, the peace-loving Putin can do no wrong and Trump is just his faithful servant. It’s remarkable that right-wing conspiracy nutters like Allan never ask the question: what might Putin have on Trump which would explain Trump’s obvious status as Putin’s permanent bitch who keeps getting pussy-whipped and keeps coming back for more every time?

    As previously noted, if Obama had behaved like this, racist Birthers like Trump and Allan and Fox-Limbaa would have been out with pitch forks and torches. Because it’s all about skin colour for these guys, always has been and always will be. And the Joos are niggers for this purpose. In fact they are worse than the niggers because they are controlling the whole ****ing world, we all know it deep down. It’s just white self-loathing which stops us from admitting it.

  44. The fact that the Limbaughs, Alex Jones and a number of Trump supporter here are conspiracy people who were monstrously unfair to Obama does not mean that we should do what they did every day for eight years.

    I want to learn more about this claim. Yes, let’s look into it.

  45. Trump and his spinners are tripping over the lies they are telling on knowledge of and inaction on the Russian bounty program. As usual in time something else will come to light to force them to come up with more elaborate lies. Hopefully, congress will look into this entire matter. Slaughter of our soldiers is very serious.

    One would have to be blind not to notice Trump is beholden to Putin and does his bidding. It has been going on for at least four years. As Trump’s chance of reelection evaporates his protectors will be less protective and turn on Trump if it is in their own best interest.

  46. I guess you guys have heard of the lincolm project
    This ad on comrade Trump is just devastating

  47. only reason I visit palmer report is he connects the dots faster and better then anyone else in the media , as far as I can see:

    The New York Times is reporting that Rahmatullah Azizi, a contractor in Afghanistan, has been handing out Kremlin cash to Taliban operatives who have killed U.S. soldiers. This one chilling sentence says it all: “Prizes of as much as $100,000 per killed soldier were offered for American and coalition targets.”

    smoking gun
    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/smoking-gun-2/30241/

  48. I think the figure of $100,000 would be too high. The Russians wouldnt be able to afford that and probably wouldnt have access to such large amounts of American dollars. I would imagine each Taliban soldier being given a sack of beetroots and a goat maybe per US soldier killed ? 🙂

  49. quite possibly colm,

    Prizes of as much as $100,000 per killed soldier were offered for American and coalition targets.” I’d imagine give the nature of the horror of war, the higher the rank of the US soldier taken out , the more money the body is worth .

    Pat hasn’t bothered with the thread i carefully crafted , its not the first time, despite saying he would .. ! maybe you could rib him some when I’m gone 😉

  50. kurt

    Patrick seems to be a bit intermittent these days. Perhaps he is dissilusioned or maybe not feeling well. However if yu have sent him a post and he has promised to put it up I am sure he will. He regularly puts us posts for Paul – even when he might disagree with the content. I am sure he is not deliberately holding yous back. Just be patient 🙂

  51. indeed colm, i know what you mean trouble is they just tend to be forgotten , as the email inbox gets filled with more pressing GOP business , i noted the chuckles and grins roflmao’s about days to go (123 days to go till the election) have gone make of that what you will 😉

    we did have a long chat at the weekend about ideas to revamp the site , fresh blood

    here’s a beauty on topic

    #ComradeTrump has been trending for over 18 hours

    Traitors

    they say the Left has the best humour, and ofc that’s correct 95% I’d give it to 5%

  52. Pres. Trump said he wasn’t told about a reported Russian effort to get the Taliban to kill US soldiers because many intelligence officials doubted its veracity.But four US & European sources said that in recent weeks the US had acquired fresh reporting backing up the allegations.. oops , no wonder the WH is falling apart , and all over the place

  53. But he was a problem student

    Really?

    He regularly puts us posts for Paul – even when he might disagree with the content.

    That’s true Colm, only one of my blogs has ever been rejected. Pat’s been incredibly generous in hosting my rantings and while Pat & I have diametrically opposing political views and will argue them out here our relationship on ATW is one of civility and cordiality. A world away from what it previously was.

  54. In Trumps ghostwritten “ Art if the Deal “ He himself claims that he, as a second grader, punched his music teacher and gave him a black eye.

    He was a problem through high school age , Which is why his parents shipped him to military school, to try to give him some discipline

  55. https://bangordailynews.com/2019/03/05/news/how-donald-trumps-school-hid-his-transcript/

  56. Interesting article that. Legal threats against academic disclosure, demands for academic records to be sealed etc.

    No, nothing to hide at all. Echoes of his tax returns because of the longest financial audit in history there too.

    Trump has said his military academy background provided “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

    A rant of a coward attempting to cover his cowardice with narcissism

  57. I think there is a distinction between is tax returns, and his academic records. In reality his academic records are irrelevant outside of attempts to embarrass him. However given that he broke with precedent to not place his assets into a blind trust then his financial actions and dealings are of relevance, to know whether or not his actions have conflicts of interest, or whether he is accepting foreign emoluments.

  58. The academic records would reveal character. ( Not that there is much doubt on that score anymore )

    They could show disciplinary problems.

    They would prove that he was not an outstanding student ( despite his claim to being one )

    There would be something very interesting in there If they went to the trouble of sending Michael Cohen to threaten the schools.

    Trump and the Trumper’s here, made many comments about Barack Obama refusing to release his academic transcripts.

    Remember that?

  59. In reality his academic records are irrelevant outside of attempts to embarrass him

    I agree that in reality they are irrelevant however what does make them relevant in this case is him previously offering $5 Million for Obama to reveal his academic records in the sense that he’s holding a President to a standard he’s not prepared to adhere to himself.

  60. https://www.nysun.com/new-york/obamas-years-at-columbia-are-a-mystery/85015/

    This was from Trump ally New York media vehicle

    There were endless, comments about Obama’s academic records from these people

  61. The Trumpers got up to a lot of shit around Obama. Most of it, nearly all of it, was irrelevant. So in the same way that The Donald was the leading Birther doesn’t mean that a similar anti-Trump Birther movement would be reasonable.

  62. I think that something tangible like academic qualifications is a different matter than a rumour statrted about where somewhere was born.

    Academic qualifications are checked for most (all?) jobs and I think it entirely reasonable that someone should be asked to verify their previously boasted of academic credentials.

  63. Except academic qualifications are a prerequisite for most jobs. Thus checking those qualifications is important. There is no academic qualification required for the Presidency (where ironically there is a requirement for someone to have been born in the United States which is what sparked the Birther craze).

  64. That’s why I added the previously boasting caveat, as a confirnmation of character rather than academic ability. I think it an entirely reasonable request.

    Back on Mad Vlad:

    Nearly 78% of Russian voters backed constitutional reforms that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, election officials say

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53255964

    Surprise surprise.

  65. “The Trumpers” got up to nothing around Obama…. some stupid rumors which never had validity over his birth….

    He was never vetted by the Press, he started his career in the living room of a terrorist and was raised by his childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a communist. We’ve never seen his school records, or Hillary’s for that matter.

    No one spied and wire tapped his campaign, and planted phoney stories in the press.

    Just the opposite Obama was given a pass on everything and you were called a racist if you questioned anything, so when you say the Nonsense the Trumpers pulled you show how ridiculous you are.

  66. ““The Trumpers” got up to nothing around Obama…. some stupid rumors which never had validity over his birth….”

    Some stupid rumours, shared heavily and argued heavily by Donald Trump and his minions.

  67. So there have it. Kurt’s question has been answered. Angels do exist. We jut call them Trumpers. Perfectly saintly beings who never do anything nefarious or underhand. 🙂

  68. Trump was at the heart of the birther movement. He spoke on it dozens and dozens of times. He paid private investigators to work on it.

    Pat never once criticized Trump for any of this.

    Which is tacit support, despite the weasel words that came after.

    Birtherism is Trumperism.

  69. No one spied and wire tapped his campaign, and planted phoney stories in the press

    No, the press never carried any of the ‘birther’ or academic rumors engineered by Trump & others. No sireee, none at all.

  70. As for my sporadic appearance it’s multifold.

    1) I’ve had two family members hurt recently and have been tending family duties.

    2) The topics of late regarding the riots has not been one I’ve chosen to participate in due to their nature.

    3) My own health is not cooperating.

    4) and this is the main reason. I’ve taken a break from engaging. I am a voice of one on this site. My views are shared by many, but not here. This however is my home, and will be as long as this site exists. Someone must tell the truth to the rabble……

    I’m sick, i’m pissed, i’m bored, and that is a formulae for me to be not a nice man, and I actually care about each and everyone of you and your feelings. So until my own sweet disposition gets back on a normal subhuman scale I beg your patients and appreciate that I have a lot to say, but don’t think I could say them without being a dick and hurting feelings.

    The river flows, there’s a bend ahead. The currents may be deep and calmer……

  71. Thanks Patrick – Sorry to hear about your family members.

    Stay safe stay sane try and keep as healthy as you can. We miss you when you are not here. If we are a zoo – you are the Daddy Bear (i know that sounds gayer than it should) but you know what I mean.. Cheers !

  72. Phantom I have never criticized Trump directly on the birther movement you’re right. However that implies I have done anything other than I had about it and that was ridicule and laugh at it.

    Obama’s mother was an American he could have been born on the moon he’d be an american.

  73. thanks Colm

  74. I hope you and your relatives get well soon.

    I think that your views are shared by some but certainly not a majority and I suspect even then it would be a minority within a minority? (if we use that analogy of Charles objective Trump support compared to you constant non criticism of his actions you get the idea).

  75. Get better and hope that the family gets better.

    And watch the blood pressure. These times are not good for things like that.

    Very many don’t pay attention to BP, when they should.

    I bet that someone here has high BP and doesn’t know it. Buy a small BP monitor for $75 so you know for sure.

    https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/why-high-blood-pressure-is-a-silent-killer

  76. O/T

    Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53268218

    I suspect a few well known names are sweating. This could get interesting.

  77. They’ve been very patient, gathering evidence.

    Yes.

    Give my regards to Prince Andrew if you would

  78. Feel better.

  79. Give my regards to Prince Andrew if you would

    I’m sure he’ll not be alone in feeling the heat.

  80. Mr Epstein had a lot of friends in NY and FL and further than that political business and society circles.

    The guest list for his private jet would be of great interest. Two presidents flew on it, and were guests at the sex slave island. Give my regards to Trump and Clinton also.

  81. thank you everyone

  82. Take care of yourself Pat.

  83. Give my regards to Trump and Clinton also

    My thoughts exactly. Watch this space!

  84. Peter, on July 2nd, 2020 at 12:49 AM Said:

    As always, the peace-loving Putin can do no wrong and Trump is just his faithful servant. It’s remarkable that right-wing conspiracy nutters like Allan never ask the question: what might Putin have on Trump which would explain Trump’s obvious status as Putin’s permanent bitch who keeps getting pussy-whipped and keeps coming back for more every time?

    Peter – on balance, and given that “The intelligence assessment is said to be based at least in part on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals.” – NYT

    and

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/spy-chief-ratcliffe-says-trump-never-briefed-on-russia-offering-taliban-bounties

    The nation’s spy chief denied reports that President Trump had been briefed on a U.S. intelligence report claiming that Russian military intelligence was offering bounties to Afghan militants to target U.S. and coalition forces.

    “I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a statement released just before midnight on Saturday. “The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

    what is the source evidence supporting the allegation?

  85. https://nypost.com/2020/07/09/colin-powell-suggests-media-had-hysterical-reaction-to-russian-bounty-reports/

    Powell, no friend of Trump, ain’t buying it