“Beyond the numerous public reports alleging that you have not authorized any action on the basis of the alleged information, your administration does not dispute that you have in fact taken no new action to send to Russia the message that such acts provocations will not go unpunished, ”they wrote.
“There can be no higher national security priority than protecting our armed forces abroad,” they continued, “and the representatives of the people in Congress must know what is going on here. ”
Senators have asked the White House to hand over the Daily Presidential Record (PDB), a document outlining threats to national security made to the president every day, regarding bonuses by July 17, and to provide Congress with all relevant documents from National Security Council meetings.
They also asked the administration to make senior officials, including the Secretaries of Defense and the State and the Director of National Intelligence, available to testify at Capitol Hill.
The letter is the latest development in a continuing effort by Democrats in Congress to ask for answers to reports that surfaced last month regarding bonuses.
Trump denied ever knowing about the deal between the Russian intelligence service and the Taliban, although officials confirmed to the media that information about the bonuses appeared in his PDB earlier this year. The president is known to rarely read the document.
Republican allies came to Trump’s defense, saying there was no unanimity on the truthfulness of the information and that Trump should not have taken action until the intelligence community was certain that the bonuses were in fact linked to specific attacks against troops in Afghanistan.
“Doesn’t people still understand that this is all a false hoax of false media began to slander me and the Republican Party. I was never informed because any information they could have had reached this level, “Trump tweeted last week.
“No corroborative evidence to support the reports. Defense Department. People still do not understand that all this is a false hoax of false media began to slander me and the Republican Party. I was never informed because no information they could have risen to this level
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 juillet 2020
The Democrats were not deterred, however, demanding answers from senior intelligence officials and that the administration fix the problem.
“It is unacceptable that the Trump administration to date seems to ignore an issue of great importance to members of the Gold Star family whose loved ones were killed while serving in Afghanistan: losses of US troops in Afghanistan Were they linked to alleged GRU premium payments to militants linked to the Taliban? “, Duckworth wrote in a letter to the Secretary of Defense Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: High-ranking official says soldiers must look closely at Confederate symbols on facilities | Milley promises to “sink to the bottom” of information on premiums in Russia | A woman will join the Green Berets for the first time General of vows promises to “sink to the bottom” of information on Russia’s bonuses. General: The US military must carefully consider the Confederate symbols MORE this week, referring to Russian military intelligence. “The Gold Star families deserve an answer to this question. “