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Senate Judiciary Cmte: The "Kremlin Used" The NRA To Help Trump

The committee said it has obtained evidence suggesting the Kremlin used the NRA to 'access' and 'assist' Donald Trump.

The Senate Judiciary Committee reported Wednesday that it has found evidence suggesting the National Rifle Association was used as a vehicle by the Kremlin to support the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

According to the Daily Beast, the committee’s report said it “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,” potentially using the NRA to “secretly fund Mr. Trump’s campaign.”

While the report didn’t discuss the documents, it said two Russian nationals—Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina—were “involved in this effort.” Torshin, a member of Russia’s central bank, hosted an NRA delegation in Moscow in 2013. Butina, founder of a pro-gun group in Russia, boasted at a Washington, D.C. party following the election that she was “part of the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia,” The Daily Beast reported last year.

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