NRA Gets Tagged in Russia Scandal

NY Daily News: “A Russian woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on espionage and conspiracy charges Tuesday for allegedly trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association as part of a complex effort to curry favor with the Republican Party on the Kremlin’s behalf.”

“Maria Butina, who was arrested by federal agents on Sunday, has acted as an unregistered Russian agent in the U.S. since 2015 while trying to inject Kremlin-friendly policies into American politics, according to an indictment unsealed in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C.”

“Butina reported to the Russian official believed to be [Alexander] Torshin via email and Twitter and received orders from him in return, according to the indictment.”

“The NRA has faced scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller over its conspicuous ties to Torshin, who is suspected of having funneled cash into the 2016 presidential election by using the powerful gun lobby as a proxy.”

“[Butina] reportedly also tried to establish a backchannel between President Trump and Putin.”

“The NRA, which is unabashedly pro-Trump, did not respond to a request for comment.”

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