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Sen. Martha McSally, Rep. Ruben Gallego react to alleged Russian bounty on American troops

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U.S. soldiers in Wardak province, central Afghanistan, in 2019. 
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By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

President Donald Trump looks on during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 26, 2020.

Sen. Martha McSally most wants to know how classified information leaked that reportedly points to Russia covertly offering bounties for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, not what President Donald Trump knew of the alleged program.

Citing her concerns about the imperfect world of intelligence-gathering, McSally, an Arizona Republican, avoided criticizing Trump on Tuesday, unlike some members of Congress who were troubled by reports that the president didn’t take action against the Kremlin after he was presented with the view that Russia was behind bounty payments to Taliban-linked militants for U.S. troops.

McSally, who read classified documents related to the allegations Tuesday morning, had harsh words for the leaking of the intelligence information and the politicization of it.

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