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NEW: Torshin's "tantalizing offer" to Butina's boyfriend Erickson, setting up NRA trip to Moscow: to meet Putin. Erickson said the trip could have “enormous diplomatic consequences.” (Nov 2015—just months before Russia's election attack went full throttle) thedailybeast.com/nra-heavyweigh…
>> NRA Backchannel to Russia: Butina's boyfriend Erickson emailed NRA pres Keene saying NRA trip to Moscow could help ease relations between Russia & the US "by creating a way for the Kremlin to connect with a future Republican president." PM Rogozin & even Lavrov met w/ them.
How many backchannels to Russia did Trump have/need?? Kushner, Jr/Agalarovs, Manafort, Prince, Cohen/Sater, Flynn, Stone, NRA… 🤯Republicans wanted a backchannel to our adversary, who invaded its neighbor, shot down civilian airliner MH17, annexed a chunk of Europe‼️#Maddow
#NRA tries to distance itself from 2015 Moscow trip, after trip organizer Maria #Butina admitted to conspiring to infiltrate the NRA as an agent for Russia. The trip is the subject of 5 inquiries into NRA ties to #Russia—2 Senate, House, FEC, Mueller probe nytimes.com/2019/01/28/us/…
ICYMI NRA now says their officials' 2015 Moscow trip wasn't official. Butina, Torshin & Russia's officials sure thought it was. They made a banner to shout it to the world. AND, being a Russian influence operation, of course they misspelled "comrads" (it's COMRADES, comrades) 😂
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