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Wayne LaPierre’s attempt to minimize the @NRA’s official involvement with the now-infamous 2015 delegation trip to Moscow is inconsistent with basic facts that have been well-documented and reported by media for more than a year.

Pete Brownell, as then the @NRA’s first vice president, was next in line to become NRA president when he led the delegation trip in December 2015. In May 2017, he officially became president of the NRA.
Joe Gregory, a charter member of the @NRA’s high-dollar donor program, was also part of the delegation. As was Hilary Goldschlager, an executive member of the NRA’s Women’s Leadership Forum. Former NRA president and current board member David Keene was also on the trip.
David Clarke, then a member of multiple @NRA committees, was on the trip. The NRA paid for David Clarke’s airfare to Israel, the first leg of the delegation trip, and Brownell paid for the second leg, from Israel to Russia.
The @NRA spent $55M – or over $70M, according to McClatchy — to influence the 2016 elections. That’s far more than they ever spent during a previous election. But the NRA doesn’t have to disclose all of its donors, making it difficult to tell where most of the money came from.
Last year, the @NRA told the Senate Finance Committee that since 2015 it had brought in roughly $2,500 from “people associated with Russian addresses” or Russian nationals living in the US, leaving open the question of money from shell companies or less overt sources.
It’s been six months since Maria Butina, an admitted agent of the Russian government and @NRA ally, was arrested. The walls are closing in on the NRA as Americans - and Congress - demand answers about their relationship with Russia.
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