Maria Butina is the Russian agent of influence and secret spy who infiltrated the NRA. In Dec 2015, Butina arranged a free trip to Russia for Senior NRA members. The trip was paid for by the Russian fake-group “Right to Bear Arms”. We know from court transcripts available that at that time Butina emailed a message that said let the NRA members celebrate, we’ll put pressure on them later. Russia then funneled $30 million through the NRA for Trump ads. It is unclear at this time if the NRA was complicit, or a willing idiot. Most believe they were just a willing idiot. On Dec 11, 2018, Butina plead guilty to conspiracy, acted as a Russian agent to build influence campaign inside U.S.–collude with Americans. She is also the first Russian national to agree to cooperate with Mueller.
So far, the NRA has publically admitted ONLY to receiving $2,500 for a life membership from Torshin and a small gift.
But we know Torshin was at a donors event with a $1 million minimum, and he has attended closed-door events with NRA leadership.
Also, from court documents we know…
- From 2015-2018 Butina worked as a Russian Secret Spy and conspired with others to attack America running covert operations lead by the Kremlin. We know from other court documents and reporting that Maria Butina conspired with Americans including Republican politicians and the NRA to attack America. (So far, the NRA has only admitted publicly that they only received about $2,500 from Russia, and a small gift from Torshin.)
- In August 2016 Erickson setup a “very” secure back channel between Republican leaders to the Kremlin and directly to Putin using the NRA. This was setup using their handler Torshin.
- Jul 15, 2018: Russian Spy and NRA Rep Maria Butina Arrested