Evidence in the NRA bankruptcy trial:

The Brewer law firm sent a bill to the NRA's general counsel in 2020. One of the lines charged $59,155.25 marked "Russia," the invoice shows.

Ackerman McQueen's questioning the general counsel on it right now.
A lawyer objected to the line of questioning, citing confidentiality.

Judge Hale struck it from the record.
Ackerman McQueen's lawyer Mike Gruber opposed it being stricken.

(Background: Ackerman McQueen was formerly the NRA's longtime PR firm, but after a protracted falling out, opposes the group's bankruptcy petition.)
Confidentiality issues have been resolved.

Mike Gruber asks him about the invoice again.
In a separate invoice from Jan. 13, 2021, Brewer billed $35,102.50 on a line item "Russia."

There was also a $5,671.07 line item marked "Cuomo/Vullo."
Q: Just briefly describe what happened in the Russia situation?

NRA's general counsel responds that the org needed to respond to since-dismissed campaign finance complaints and congressional inquiries.

He doesn't mention Maria Butina.

So Mike Gruber asks about her.
Pressed by Gruber about Butina's case, Frazer notes that she pleaded guilty to not disclosing that she acted as an agent of Russia.

The line of inquiry was cut off after lawyers objected to the questions as beyond the scope.

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