Politicians sought clarification from White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and National Intelligence Chief John Ratcliffe.
“We are sending a letter to clarify the information you have about reports that the Russian military intelligence (GRU) secretly paid militants affiliated with the Taliban for the killing of US soldiers in Afghanistan, and also learn about the measures taken in connection with this” , - the document says.
Warren and Hirono, referring to the American media, claim that some sources allegedly confirmed and disclosed the details of the "agreement" between Russia and the militants, however, both Moscow and Washington have already denied this information.
“President Trump, apparently, deliberately echoes the denials of the Russian authorities that seem false to us,” the senators write.
According to the authors of the letter, instead of taking measures regarding the alleged "Russian scheme for the killing of American military personnel," various representatives of the Trump administration shy away from the answer or "cover the president’s alleged ignorance of this issue."
Senators expressed concern about the safety of military personnel due to the position of the leader of the United States.
“Taking into account the fact that the president denies that he is aware of the serious threat confirmed by numerous sources to our troops in Afghanistan, we express our deep concern over the issue of security and protection of US troops, as well as about the behavior of senior administration officials” - said Warren and Hirono.
They demanded to clarify what was said to the president in the light of reports about the "payments" to the Taliban in Moscow, what actions he ordered to take and whether this issue was discussed with the Russian side.
In addition, Warren called on US General Austin Miller, the commander of the mission in Afghanistan, to tell him if evidence of Russia's connection with the militants was found during operations or interrogations and whether the US government was informed of this.
Earlier, against the backdrop of publications in the media about alleged ties between Moscow and the Taliban in the US Congress, they proposed to impose sanctions on Russia.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the statements of the American press "unpretentious stuffing," which illustrates the "low intellectual ability of propagandists from American intelligence."
* "Taliban" - the organization was recognized as terrorist by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of February 14, 2003.