Intelligence community heads are set to brief top congressional leaders on Thursday about the reports that Russia has offered militants in Afghanistan bounties for killing American soldiers, the highest-level briefing for members of Congress on the matter so far.
The 11:30 a.m. briefing will be given by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Paul Nakasone, complying with Democrats' demands that lawmakers get their information on the scandal from those in the intelligence community rather than White House staff.
After a briefing by White House officials of several top House Democrats on Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., complained that “the right people to give the briefing” were “not in the room.”
The House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to be briefed on the bounty issue Thursday at 1 p.m. and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe attended a previously scheduled briefing with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
So the Thursday briefing will include Schiff, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.