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U.S. Intel Walks Back Russian Bounty Claim Dems Used To Attack Trump

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A senior Biden administration official admitted Thursday that the United States intelligence community assessed with only “low to moderate confidence” the claim that Russian intelligence officers offered the Taliban bounties on American troops in Afghanistan.

“The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks on U. S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier,” the senior administration official told reporters during a background conference call.

Despite the uncorroborated nature of the claim, first reported by the New York Times, Democrats used it to attack former President Donald Trump before the 2020 election to argue that he did not care about American troops in harm’s way and was unwilling to confront Russian President Vladimir.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) used the claim to attack Trump. Biden tweeted on July 1, 2020 that Trump doing “nothing” was “an unjustifiable dereliction of duty.” 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/Z2hAu3s9tI

Several House Democrats who served on the House Intelligence Committee pushed the claim as truth — and attacked Trump for not condemning Putin. For example, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted on August 27, 2020:

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.

Fellow House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who had a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy, also attacked Trump over the claim. He tweeted September 3, 2020:

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.

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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.

Do you support: Our troops? *Because @realDonaldTrump hasn’t said shit about serious allegations Russia is paying bounties to kill them. Cut the childish twee… (Read more)

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