McEnany also said the Intelligence Agency is briefing the top eight leaders of Congress Monday, following an unconfirmed report by the New York Times that suggested the president knew about the bounties and failed to address Congress.
On Sunday, the president denied any knowledge about the bounties: "Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us". The initial reporting indicated that the information reached the Oval Office three months ago.
Katko, R-Camillus, said Monday he wants Congress to determine if the intelligence existed, whether it was credible and whether Trump was informed about the potential threat. Bolton declined to comment, and the White House did not respond to questions on the matter.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said, "After today's briefing with senior White House officials, we remain concerned about Russian activity in Afghanistan, including reports that they have targeted USA forces".
The accusations have spurred a bipartisan call for an explanation, and Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said late Monday that the Department of Defense was evaluating relevant intelligence but that to date there has been "no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports".
Trump himself cast doubt on the legitimacy of the allegations, noting that he would have already been notified if the USA intelligence community believed they were not bogus.
What's more, the Associated Press reported that the revelations reached the West Wing even earlier.
The White House reportedly knew as far back as 2019 about the Russian intelligence offer to Taliban forces.
According to the officials, at least one of the president's daily intelligence briefs contained information about the Russian intelligence unit.
This is not the sort of controversy that quietly fades away. The sources indicated United States government agencies and experts on balance believed the intelligence reporting to be credible.
The newspaper reports, suggesting Trump may have ignored a threat to USA troops as he seeks to improve relations with Russian Federation, could damage Trump as he seeks re-election on November 3.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday reiterated Trump's stance that intelligence must be verified before it is brought to him.
Two Republicans who attended Monday's White House briefing said the administration was investigating the accuracy of the news reports.
It's generally a bad sign when a president and his own White House struggle to get their stories straight.
"If the intelligence review process verifies the reports, we strongly encourage the Administration to take swift and serious action to hold the Putin regime accountable", Republican Representatives Michael McCaul and Adam Kinzinger said in a statement, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The intelligence was issued to the White House before Trump called for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the G8.
If the West Wing thinks this is going to work as a compelling explanation, it's mistaken.
"Nobody briefed or told me, [Vice President] Pence or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an "anonymous source" by the Fake News [New York Times]".