Bombshell report: Trump campaign illegally coordinated with the NRA during the 2016 election
Shortly after the 2016 election, it was revealed that the National Rifle Association spent an unprecedented $30 million to help elect Donald Trump, triple what they spent to back Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. Further reports revealed that the NRA had essentially been infiltrated by Russian operatives, including Maria Butina, the Russian woman now sitting in a U.S. federal prison and reportedly cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. Butina and the Russians created an NRA-like organization called Right to Bear Arms and used it to woo Republicans and American conservatives. And were they ever successful!
Butina’s boss, Alexander Torshin, is a powerful Russian banker who is said to have very close ties to Vladimir Putin. Torshin arranged for high-profile conservatives, like then-NRA president David Keene, to be wined and dined in Moscow, along with notoriously nutty former Sheriff David Clarke. The Russians were spoon-feeding these fools and they were eating it up. Outside of boondoggles to Moscow, the Russians may have also been pouring money into the NRA in order to influence American conservatives, and specifically the Donald Trump campaign. During the heat of the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump Jr. met with Torshin at a private dinner hosted by, who else? The NRA.