Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been invited to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss allegations that U.S. intelligence knew Russia offered bounties to Taliban-backed militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, The Hill reports.
The Thursday hearing “Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops: Why Hasn’t the Administration Responded?” listed Pompeo as invited. It is unclear if he has confirmed that he will attend.
The panel has also asked Obama-era acting and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Morell to attend the hearing as a witness, according to The Hill.
Last month, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence agencies were aware of the Russian bounty claims.
President Donald Trump has stated he was not briefed on the Russian threats because the intelligence was not credible. Last week, he tweeted the bounty claims were "fake news."
Pompeo has also pushed back on the bounty claims and has accused journalists of spreading misinformation.
“I can assure you, that whatever reporting it is that you’re referring to, that we responded in precisely the correct way,” Pompeo told reporters during a press briefing at the State Department last week.
“The fact that the Russians are engaged in Afghanistan in a way that’s adverse to the United States is nothing new,” he said. “We took this seriously, we handled it appropriately.”
Lawmakers are looking into the alleged threats and how the Trump administration responded.
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