Pentagon Says NO EVIDENCE Russians Offered Bounties for US Troops

( House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is really milking the recent claim by the New York Times that Russian military officials offered bounties for U.S. troops to Taliban militias…but the Pentagon says there’s no evidence it’s true.

Wouldn’t be the first time Nancy Pelosi told a lie, would it?

In a statement published on Tuesday, The Pentagon said that they have not seen any corroborating evidence that supports the claims made in the New York Times that Russian military operatives were giving cash bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops.

“The Department of Defense continues to evaluate intelligence that Russian GRU operatives were engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan,” the statement reads. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports.”

The Chief Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told the press in clear and uncertain terms that there is no evidence to support the claim that is being widely repeated by Congressional Democrats and activists. He reaffirmed the Pentagon’s commitment to ensuring the “safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan.”

The New York Times cited anonymous sources who they claimed were “briefed on the matter” and published the story. In the report, the author claimed that the U.S. intelligence community “concluded months ago” that a Russian military untie was offering money to Taliban fighters for successful attacks against American soldiers. The report even claimed that Islamists in the Taliban or connected groups successfully claimed money from the Russian military after killing American troops. The paper even claimed that President Donald Trump was briefed on the matter.

President Trump quickly put a dampener on those claims, confirming that he, the Vice President, his National Security Advisor, or his Chief of Staff were briefed on the matter.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also told the press during a briefing this week that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the allegations made by the New York Times.

“There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations and, in effect, there are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regards to the veracity of what’s being reported,” she said. “And the veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated.”