Russia bounty intelligence ‘may have been’ in Trump brief but wasn’t deemed ‘actionable,’ senior Republican says – By Josh Lederman (NBC News) / June 29 2020
Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said he’s concerned that reports Russia paid bounties for the killing of Americans may be true.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration told Republican members of Congress on Monday that intelligence about potential Russian bounties may have been included at some point in the President’s Daily Brief but not conveyed to President Donald Trump in a formal threat briefing because it wasn’t yet “actionable,” the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said.
“I believe it may have been” in the written President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in an interview.
Referring to the president, McCaul said: “I think the way the process works is that he gets briefed about three times a week on sort of actionable, credible items. And the decision was made that this was not at that point in time a credible, actionable piece of intelligence. And if at any point it did, it would be raised to his attention.”
McCaul was one of eight House Republicans briefed in the Situation Room of the White House on Monday by the White House chief of staff, national security adviser and national intelligence director. A group of eight House Democrats was set to receive a similar briefing Tuesday morning.