April 11, 2021

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Trump received written briefing on Russian bounties in February

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Air Force One from the Marine One helicopter as he departs on a day trip to Arizona and a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving Washington from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 23, 2020.

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President Donald Trump received a written briefing in February about intelligence regarding potential bounties offered by Russians to Afghan militants to kill American service members, The New York Times reported Monday night, citing two officials with knowledge of the matter.

The Associated Press also reported that the White House was aware of intelligence that Russians had placed bounties on U.S. troops in 2019.

Trump and the White House have denied that the president had been briefed on the matter. The White House had also said that the intelligence underpinning the claim was unverified.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The Times said the investigation has homed in on a car bombing in April 2019 that killed three Marines. Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in the attack, told CNBC earlier Monday that she wanted an investigation into the claims that the victims were targeted by Taliban fighters who may have been offered bounties by Russian military intelligence agents.

Read the full Times report here.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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