While still working in the White House, former National Security Adviser John Bolton told colleagues that he verbally briefed President Trump in March 2019 on an intelligence assessment indicating that Russia was offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops, officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence told The Associated Press. At the time, the classified information was also included in at least one President's Daily Brief. Officials told AP that the intelligence assessments did not appear to be urgent. The New York Times first reported on the existence of the bounties on Friday, and two officials told the newspaper on Monday that in late February, Trump received a written briefing with the intelligence laid out to explain how it was determined that Russia offered and paid the bounties. Trump has denied being briefed on the plot.

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