During the 2016 presidential campaign, the National Rifle Association (NRA) spent more than $30 million to make sure Donald Trump was elected, the most the gun lobby had ever expended on behalf of any candidate.
But it now looks like the NRA’s efforts — which involved donations from Russia — may have been a massive illegal money laundering operation that was part of the larger Russian campaign to guarantee Trump was elected.
“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign’s relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.
“‘When I was interviewed by the special counsel’s office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA,’ Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, told CNN.
“The special counsel’s team was curious to learn more about how Donald Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group’s annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid, Nunberg said.”
This latest revelation, added to the fact that Russian national Maria Butina infiltrated the NRA with offers of money and sex in exchange for access to the highest levels of the gun lobbying organization, suggests that the NRA may have been a conduit for millions of dollars in illegal foreign money from Russian oligarchs, mafia figures, and members of the Russian intelligence service. If any money at all from Russia made its way into the NRA’s coffers, that alone would be a crime. However, if the NRA served as a willing partner to such behavior, Mueller could well charge the NRA with a larger conspiracy and seize every dollar they have through forfeiture statutes found in federal racketeering law.
The NRA hitched their wagon to the wrong person, a man with so many questionable connections and such a checkered past that it was only a matter of time until Trump’s stench made them smell like a skunk, too.
By the time Robert Mueller is finished, both Trump and the NRA may wind up being completely destroyed.