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On the morning of December 3, 2017, the New York Times published a bombshell article detailing the attempts of an NRA leader to arrange a “first contact” between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In May 2016, GOP operative and NRA Life Member Paul Erickson sent Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn an email with the subject “Kremlin Connection” in which he offered to arrange a back-channel meeting between Trump and Putin during the NRA’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Erickson also solicited the advice of then-Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, on the matter. “Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump,” Erickson wrote. “He wants to extend an invitation to Mr. Trump to visit him in the Kremlin before the election. Let’s talk through what has transpired and Senator Sessions’s advice on how to proceed … Ever since Hillary compared Putin to Hitler, all senior Russian leaders consider her beyond redemption.”
It is unclear how Dearborn and Sessions responded to Erickson’s request, but the New York Times story is merely the latest revelation about a longstanding NRA-Russia relationship that dates back to at least 2011. Unfortunately, this relationship has been chronically under-reported by the media and is still known to very few.
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Bombshell of a report from NYT details effort of National Rifle Association leader to arrange “first contact” between Trump & Putin during 2016 presidential campaign.
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