Combat veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has required an investigation to Donald Trump’s non-response into Russia placing a bounty on US troops.
Duckworth wrote in a letter into Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK):
Based on those reports, the IC briefed President Donald Trump on its decisions the GRU was covertly offering bounties for killing U.S. servicemembers and coalition forces. A March 2020 interagency meeting was convened where Trump government officials provided the White House using a”menu of possible choices — beginning with creating a diplomatic complaint to Moscow along with a requirement that it ceased, together with an escalating series of sanctions as well as other potential answers.” The most upsetting disclosure is that after the interagency meeting, President Trump failed to authorize some activity in reaction to the GRU covertly offering bounties into Taliban-linked militants for murdering U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan.
Far from penalizing the Russian Federation, on June 3, 2020, President Trump verified he needed Vladimir Putin to attend to the G7 summit later this season. Members of this U.S. Armed Forces, military families and the American men and women deserve answers and liability for President Trump’s ridiculous failure of leadership and clear betrayal of our troops.
Hence, I request SASC have an open hearing for testimony by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Commander of the Resolute Service Mission and United States Forces-Afghanistan. SASC also needs to hold a closed hearing at a sensitive compartmented information facility to permit for discussion of classified info. Thanks in advance due to my urgent petition.
Members of Congress haven’t been briefed by the White House on Bountygate, therefore Sen. Duckworth is accurate. There has to be an open hearing and complete investigation into what Trump understood and why he didn’t do it against Russia once they place a bounty on the heads of US troops in Afghanistan.
The House will almost surely investigate and hold hearings, but it’s up to the Senate to prevent being Trump’s lapdog and for once stand around the nation.
Nobody has much more ethical standing with this issue compared to Sen. Duckworth, and Republicans would be prudent to obey her and maintain a hearing ASAP since this story is not going away and it’s just likely to get worse for Trump along with the GOP.
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