Washington — A group of House Democrats who attended a White House briefing Tuesday morning about intelligence that a Russian spy unit offered bounties to Afghan militants for killing U.S. and coalition forces expressed frustration about the substance of the meeting, saying it did not include key stakeholders from the intelligence community who could address the allegations or provide any new information.
“We did not receive any new substantive information,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, told reporters at the Capitol following the meeting at the White House.
Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, lamented that “the right people were not in the room to give us the kind of briefing that we needed to get.”
“We need to hear from the heads of the intelligence agencies, about how they assess the allegations that have been made publicly,” Schiff, a Democrat from California, said. “What can they tell us about the truth or falsity of these allegations? What can they tell us about steps they are undertaking or have undertaken to vet any information that they might have? So it might be the right people were not in the room to give us the