November 20, 2017

Action Alert:
Tell Special Counsel Bob Mueller to Investigate NRA’s Ties to Russia


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UPDATE: On November 28, 2017, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)—the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee—asked Trump campaign national co-chair Sam Clovis and campaign national security adviser J.D. Gordon to provide documentation of any communications they have had with (or concerning) the NRA, GOP operative Paul Erickson, Russian central bank head/Moscow mafia boss Alexander Torshin, and Torshin’s assistant Maria Butina. This request was made in conjunction with the committee’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign/administration and Russia. This was the first time ANY congressional Democrat had publicly acknowledged the NRA’s relationship with Putin’s government. On January 18, 2018, McClatchy reported that the FBI is investigating whether Torshin illegally funneled money to the NRA to help Trump win the presidency. On February 2, 2018, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked the NRA and Treasury Department for documents and other information about possible Russian contributions to the NRA to support Trump.


Recently, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump‘s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose a “Russian backdoor overture [to the Trump campaign]” that occurred during the May 2016 National Rifle Association annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Putin henchman Alexander Torshin samples the wares at the 2016 NRA annual meeting in Louisville.

Present at the NRA’s 2016 meeting  for the fourth year running was Russian Central Bank head and Moscow mafia “godfatherAlexander Torshin, a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.  Torshin knew then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would also be attending the meeting (to receive the NRA’s endorsement). Through intermediaries, Torshin sent a request to Trump campaign aide Rick Dearborn, asking for a meeting with Trump to discuss “shared Christian values.” Torshin made it clear that he was speaking on behalf of Putin. He also bragged about being a lifetime member of the NRA and a “vocal advocate for gun rights.”

Kushner instructed Dearborn to turn down the request, but Torshin received a nice consolation prize: he was allowed to speak with Donald Trump, Jr. at a private dinner hosted by the NRA at a Louisville restaurant that weekend.

Please contact special prosecutor Bob Mueller through one of the channels below and give him the following message:

I am contacting you today to request that you look into the National Rifle Association’s relationship with the government of Vladimir Putin as part of your investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the campaign/administration of Donald Trump. On November 17, 2017, the New York Times reported new information that indicates the NRA was central to Putin’s efforts to court Trump. Putin ally and Russian Central bank head Alexander Torshin established relationships with NRA leaders like David Keene as early as 2011. During the 2016 NRA annual meeting, which he attended, Torshin requested a meeting with Trump, the featured speaker at the event. While the Trump campaign rebuffed this request, Torshin was allowed to speak to Donald Trump, Jr. at a private dinner hosted by the NRA. We know the NRA shared Russia’s enthusiasm for Trump—they endorsed him and spent more than $30 million to elect him. If this “nonprofit” gun lobby used their resources and influence to facilitate collusion between Donald Trump and Russia, the American people deserve to know. Please hold the NRA accountable for their actions.

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III
Email: special.counsel@usdoj.gov
Snail Mail: Department of Justice, Special Counsel’s Office, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room B-103, Washington, DC 20530

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The NRA’s close relationship with the Putin government has received way too little attention from the media and investigators to date. After these latest revelations, it’s time to change that!