You know what, I’d like to see those too.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
The Senate intelligence committee has asked the National Rifle Association to provide documents on its connections to Russia—including documents related to a 2015 trip some of its top leaders made to Moscow. That’s according to two sources briefed on the committee’s activities.
The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spokespersons for Sen. Richard Burr, the intelligence committee chair, and Sen. Mark Warner, the panel’s ranking member, declined to comment on the record.
The NRA’s Russia connections have drawn growing public scrutiny after a key figure in Russian outreach to the powerful gun lobby, Maria Butina, was indicted in July on charges of being an undeclared Russian operative connected to the country’s intelligence apparatus. Butina sought to use guns as a lever to tilt the Republican Party in a pro-Kremlin direction, creating a political firestorm for the NRA in the wake of her arrest. The intelligence committee’s document request is just one part of the aftermath.
Butina, whose Russian political patron Alexander Torshin is a senior figure in the country’s powerful central bank, ran a Russian gun-rights organization called the Right to Bear Arms. In December 2015, the group sponsored an NRA delegation to come to Moscow for a week. NRA dignitaries also met with another influential Russian, the former deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin. Torshin subsequently came under U.S. sanctions; Rogozin had been under sanctions since 2014.
A number of NRA heavy hitters were on that trip including Right Wing darling Sherrif David A. Clarke.
Torshin is also heavily involved with The Right to Bear Arms, Russia’s version of the NRA—which has been wining and dining dumb Trump supporters like former Sheriff David Clarke with trips to Russia. pic.twitter.com/zfNRGCGRDK
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 18, 2018
Here is the whole group.
In retrospect, this picture is stunning. Moscow, December 11, 2015: Aleksander Torshin, Maria Butina, Russian Right to Bear Arms leaders, Sheriff David Clarke, David Keene, NRA pres Pete Brownell, Jim and Kim Liberatore (Outdoor Channel). pic.twitter.com/qfMaVTb1j3
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) February 15, 2018
You may remember that the NRA already got busted for lying about donations from Russia, and has been accused of laundering Russian money that was then donated to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. (The NRA donated 30 million to help get Trump elected.)
So yeah, this probe might indeed find some very interesting things.
Interesting things that I am sure Robert Mueller has already uncovered.