On the morning of January 18, 2018, McClatchy published a bombshell article revealing that the National Rifle Association is under investigation by the FBI. Specifically, the FBI is investigating whether Russian Central Bank head Alexander Torshin illegally funneled money to the NRA to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
The NRA’s relationship with the government of Vladimir Putin is longstanding and dates back to at least 2011 when Torshin was introduced to then-NRA president David Keene (the former chair of the American Conservative Union). Since that time, Torshin has attended four NRA annual meetings in the United States.
NRA leaders have also made several trips to Moscow to meet with Torshin and members of Putin’s cabinet. The most publicized of these meetings was in December 2015, when a sizable NRA delegation traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian defense minister Dmitry Rogozin.
During the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent a record amount of money—at least $55 million and more than $70 million according to some sources with ties to the organization. The FBI will be determining if some of this spending was foreign money. It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections in the United States.
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