Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) told reporters Tuesday that bombshell media reports that Russia’s military intelligence paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. service members is “absolutely inaccurate,” making the claim after she and other Republicans were briefed at the White House.
“I think that reporting was absolutely inaccurate. I had a briefing this morning and I know that the evidence is not corroborated,” she said, emphasizing that she was putting “evidence” in air quotes.
“We take threats seriously. At the tactical level, obviously making sure our positions are hardened and we’re watching out for adversaries,” she added.
Ernst was one of about a half dozen Republican senators who were briefed by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and other members of the intelligence community Tuesday morning at the White House, according to persons familiar with the meeting.
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