It has been reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the relationship between Russia and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
According to CNN, The NRA drew suspicion after it was able to fundraise millions and millions more than they typically raise for elections in order to help Donald Trump win the election.
Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg spoke with CNN about the investigation.
“When I was interviewed by the special counsel’s office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA,” Nunberg said.
“The special counsel’s team was curious to learn more about how Donald Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group’s annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid,” Nunberg said according to CNN.
The NRA drew more attention to themselves after Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy, partnered with the NRA with the intent to infiltrate the Republican Party.
Former American Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, explained that the NRA was a very easy conduit to the GOP and to Trump.
“She believed she was trying to meet people that may be close to a future president in the Republican circles,” McFaul noted. “The NRA is a logical choice there and she had success.”
“Americans traveled to Russia, she attended these meetings,” he added. “She was close to senior people on the Russian side, including [ Russian politician] Aleksandr Torshin, a person I used to work with when I was in the government.”
“Nobody knows where he is today by the way,” McFaul said with a knowing smile. “Back then he was in the Putin circles. This idea of a back channel and influence and contacts is something I’ve seen when other Russian delegations had the same mandate.”
The entire report can be read HERE.