House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters next to U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as House Democrats respond to a White House briefing on reports Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops during a news conference following the briefing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020.
Jonathan Ernst | Reuters
House Democrats came out of a closed-door White House briefing Tuesday taking swings at President Donald Trump‘s response to reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to target and kill U.S. troops.
“The president called this a hoax publicly. Nothing in the briefing that we have just received led me to believe it is a hoax,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters after leaving the briefing.
“There may be different judgments as to the level of credibility [of the reports], but there was no assertion that the information we had was a hoax,” he…