NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl

Posted by: pdx rick

NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 09/29/19 10:13 PM

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The National Rifle Association acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia leading up to the 2016 election, according to a report by Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee.

An 18-month investigation into the NRA’s Russia ties by the committee’s minority staff, which reviewed more than 4,000 pages of NRA records, found that NRA leaders promised Russians access to U.S. officials in exchange for Russian business.
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During the NRA’s 2016 outreach to the Russians, an arm of the group that is not required to disclose its donors spent a record $30 million helping to elect President Trump, more than three times as much as it spent supporting Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

Salon.com


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Posted by: rporter314

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 09/29/19 11:53 PM

The Republican rebuttal is .... wait for it ... there is nothing there.

It would be a tough spin for most folks, but Trump supporters ate it up hook, line, and anchor around their necks
Posted by: Senator Hatrack

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 09/30/19 08:28 PM

ROTFMOL ROTFMOL ROTFMOL ROTFMOL ROTFMOL
Posted by: pdx rick

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 09/30/19 10:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack
ROTFMOL ROTFMOL ROTFMOL ROTFMOL ROTFMOL

Someone didn't read the Mueller Report. rolleyes

...and of course, Maria Butina checked herself into prison for lying about the Russia-NRA scheme - because you're obvs saying Mueller didn't do it. coffee
Posted by: rporter314

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 10/01/19 03:03 PM

What is it with all those Russians stumbling all over the Trump campaign and the NRA? Something going on there????
Posted by: pondering_it_all

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 10/03/19 03:21 AM

You've got to keep in mind that Putin's main goal is not to elect Trump. It's to screw with us enough to diminish our influence all over the world. Supporting Trump did that exceptionally well. But if a totally-corrupt idiot Democrat comes along, Putin will support him.
Posted by: Jeffery J. Haas

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 10/03/19 08:38 PM

Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
You've got to keep in mind that Putin's main goal is not to elect Trump. It's to screw with us enough to diminish our influence all over the world. Supporting Trump did that exceptionally well. But if a totally-corrupt idiot Democrat comes along, Putin will support him.


Yes on all counts, plus there's that whole effort to sow total distrust in all American institutions wholesale, which is the other equally important aspect of Russian interference.
Overseas Russia sends "little green men"...something they can't do here. So instead they send "virtual armies" of little green men.

And so far it's been working very well, because they captured an entire political party, one that was ripe for the capturing.
Posted by: pondering_it_all

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 10/06/19 02:31 AM

When your Party is all about self-interest, it's amazing how cheap members sell out their country. That's the biggest surprise about Russian covert ops: They really do it on the cheap. Most Russian spies would actually make more getting a real job. Their payouts are pitiful.
Posted by: Greger

Re: NRA acted as "foreign asset" for Russia ahead of 2016 election, Senate report cl - 10/07/19 02:19 AM

Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
When your Party is all about self-interest, it's amazing how cheap members sell out their country. That's the biggest surprise about Russian covert ops: They really do it on the cheap. Most Russian spies would actually make more getting a real job. Their payouts are pitiful.


The Russian spies are on the take too y'know. Like almost everybody these days they need two jobs to pay the bills. I imagine that they sell access to the oligarchs wherever they go.