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Mueller is said to be probing the Trump campaign’s ties to the NRA during the 2016 election

Two figures — the Russian banker Alexander Torshin and his longtime assistant, Maria Butina — appear to be at the center of the investigation.
Maria Butina.

29-year-old Russian suspect Maria Butina viewed trading sex for favors as a ‘necessary aspect of her activities’ in the US, DOJ says

The Department of Justice says Maria Butina gained access to an "extensive network" of influential US individuals through a person denoted in a document as "US Person 1," widely believed to be the GOP strategist Paul Erickson.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee hearing.

Pro-Russia congressman thinks the indictment of Maria Butina is part of a ‘deep state’ plot against Trump

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher called the indictment of a Russian national linked to the National Rifle Association "ridiculous" and part of a "deep state" attempt to undermine President Donald Trump's credibility.
Maria Butina.

Grand jury indicts Maria Butina, a Russian national with deep ties to the NRA, for conspiracy and acting as a Russian agent

A grand jury indicted Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist with deep ties to the National Rifle Association. Butina is charged with conspiracy against the US and acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.
A man with a NRA cap holds his gun while people with their AR-15-style rifles pray during a blessing ceremony at the Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018.

An NRA-linked Russian national was arrested and charged with spying

Maria Butina, a Russian gun-rights activist with deep ties to the National Rifle Association, was arrested on espionage charges this weekend. Butina is accused of working as a Russian agent at the direction of a high ranking Russian government official believed to be Alexander Torshin.
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The FBI has obtained wiretaps of a Putin ally tied to the NRA who met with Trump Jr. during the campaign

Spanish police have given the FBI wiretaps they obtained of Alexander Torshin, a prominent Russian gun rights activist who interacted with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 US election.

The 3 biggest names on the latest Russia sanctions list have all popped up in the investigation surrounding Trump

Oleg Deripaska, Viktor Vekselberg, and Alexander Torshin were in indirect contact with or had associates who donated to pro-Trump interests.
Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 2016.

NRA acknowledges that it gets foreign donations, but says they don’t go toward US elections

The country's foremost gun-rights group has found itself in congressional investigators' crosshairs.
Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 2016.

Congress wants to question an NRA lawyer who reportedly raised concerns about the group’s Russia ties

The NRA is attracting heightened scrutiny over its links to prominent individuals aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump speaks at the NRA.

The NRA is at the center of a brewing controversy over its ties to conservatives’ ‘favorite Russian’

The NRA is fielding questions about its ties to Alexander Torshin, a prominent Kremlin-allied Russian banker, politician, and gun-rights activist.