Posted on July 16 2018
big scoop from McClatchy DC
Article found here.
“Cleta Mitchell, a former NRA board member who has done legal work for the organization, is on a newly disclosed list of people whom Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are seeking to interview”
...as widely reported the NRA spent $30,000,000.00 helping Donald Trump’s Presidental Campaign by January 2018.
the FBI focused an Investigation into “Russian banker and “lifetime” NRA member Alexander Torshin, who hosted a high-level NRA delegation in Moscow in late 2015, funneled funds to the NRA to help Trump.”
In mid to late February the NRA, Trump, Torschin had Democratic Members of the Senate firing off letters (see below)
You NEED to read this McClatchy DC Article...
it’s everything we’ve waited for:
The NRA’s tax return for the election year of 2016 showed a surge in contributions and grants to $124.4 million, compared with $95 million the prior year.
Its overall revenues have risen from $219 million in 2011, the year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the way for individuals, corporations and labor unions to donate unlimited sums to independent groups to influence election campaigns, to a record $348 million in 2014. Revenues in 2016 were $336.7 million.
Nonprofit groups like the NRA aren’t legally required to publicly name their donors, though they must list the amounts of large contributions. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the largest sum in 2016, $19.3 million, came from the group’s foundation, which in turn received the funds from “hundreds of thousands of individual charitable participants at Friends of NRA banquets all around America.” Those grants are restricted for use in programs with “qualified” charitable purposes, he said.
McClatchy’s SCOOP: NRA lawyer turned Whistle Blower
And maybe I’m alone but I still do not understand why the NRA is a tax exempt organization to begin with. They consistently pour tens of millions into political races and they seem to love money around like a hummingbird flies from flower to flower. Why would there be so many deviations between the NRA ILA, NRA Victory PAC, NRA Foundation, NRA TV, NRA ILA and NRA. Is it wrong to ask if the NRA is in fact a criminal enterprise?
Lordy I truly lurve it when twerps call my bluff.— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) March 29, 2018
If I say I have something do not think for a nano second that I am bluffing.
Exhibit I for idiot.
NRA audit balance sheet Dec 2016 pic.twitter.com/TBJhat5aRX
This is the February 2018 letter from the NRA General Counsel, sent to Senator Wyden. The catalyst was after the NRA testimony before a Senate Committee Hearing.
Senator Wyden’s Letter to Treasury Sec Mnuchin regarding the NRA and Russia. Link to February 2, 2018 letter found here. Requesting the U.S. Treasury:
Requesting documents, particularly from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, related to Mr. Torshin, NRA and other Russian officials.
See Senator Wyden’s February 2, 2018 two-page Letter to the NRA. In which he request the following information and documentation from the NRA, link to letter found here,
contributions or transactions involving Russian officials and business interests, including agents, representatives or intermediaries.
The NRA’s response...interesting
This is Senator Wyden’s March 8, 2018 Letter to the NRA. Suffice to say the NRA’s -cough- abbreviated February letter sort of opened them up…like giving Sen Wyden a wide berth…here’s a link to Sen Wyden’s March 2018 Letter to the NRA. Sen Wyden’s March 2018 Letter to the NRA
And of course in January 2018 Sen Feinstein dispatched a large trenche in of letters to Trump, his campaign surrogates, Trump Org. Each one of these 17 letters requests any and ALL communiques with Alexander Torshin.
And let’s not forget Senator Feinstein’s timeline of events, that her office published earlier this year. It’s a concise summary of who, what, why, when, where and how. Senator Feinstein makes several observations and highlights numerous notable events. Particularly events involving the NRA, Maria Butina, Alexandr Torshin. Where the Senator stated:
Maria Butina – Ms. Butina is a Russian national living in the U.S. who has strong ties to the National Rifle Association and worked as an assistant to Alexander Torshin, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia. The Committee has requested an interview and documents related to efforts by Mr. Torshin to arrange a meeting between President Putin and then-candidate Trump and possible use of the National Rifle Association (NRA) by Russia to contribute money to the Trump campaign.
Despite testifying before other Committees, Ms. Butina refused to cooperate.
Senator Feinstein went on to summarize and in a casual way by dropped a few truth bombs but this particular passage was largely overlooked by most:
The Committee has obtained a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association:
as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign. Two individuals involved in this effort appear to be Russian nationals Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina. Mr. Torshin is a Putin ally and the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia,125 and Ms. Butina served as his assistant.
She also founded Right to Bear Arms, the Russian equivalent of the NRA, and started a business with former Trump supporter and adviser Paul Erickson.126 Both Mr. Torshin and Ms. Butina have longstanding ties to ex-NRA president, David Keene, and in 2013, hosted him in Russia for a pro-gun conference.
During the campaign, Mr. Torshin, Ms. Butina, and their intermediaries repeatedly offered the campaign back channels to Russia and relayed requests from President Putin to meet with Mr. Trump. The Kremlin may also have used the NRA to secretly fund Mr. Trump’s campaign.
The extent of Russia’s use of the NRA as an avenue for connecting with and potentially supporting the Trump campaign needs examination. Requests for documents and staff interviews have been sent to Ms. Butina, Mr. Erickson, and Mr. Keene, but they have refused to cooperate.
You can read Senator Feinstein’s 22 page summary here.
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