Thursday, January 18, 2018

Did the NRA funnel Russian Money To the Trump Campaign?

If this didn't come from McClatchy Newspapers I probably would have given it a pass because it just sounds too fantastic - Trump, the National Rifle Association, and shady Russian money.

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin (shown above with Putin), the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections.

It’s unclear how long the Torshin inquiry has been ongoing, but the news comes as Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sweeping investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including whether the Kremlin colluded with Trump’s campaign, has been heating up.


Toby said...

"It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections."

Really? Is this another American double standard?

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Funneling money through the NRA looks like a safe practice. The NRA is politically untouchable in the US.

The Mound of Sound said...

Yes it's very much a hypocritical, double standard. It's a major crime for foreigners to sway American elections with money. It's a major passtime for Americans to do the same to foreigners.