Just how widespread the connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives really is has yet to be determined. Hopefully, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will reveal much of that information as soon as they can.
The connections exist. There is no question about it. The connections are real and go very deep into the Trump team, all the way to Jared Kushner, VP Pence and Trump himself, almost undoubtedly.
Republicans not involved in the campaign specifically have also been involved, like several Congressmen. And now, a bombshell report shows that American terrorist organization and Republican funding group the National Rifle Association also got in on the Russian scandal.
The New York Times released a report just hours ago that it had obtained May 2016 email correspondence titled “Kremlin Connection”, which was exchanged between GOP operative Paul Erickson and Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn.
According to the Times:
In it, the N.R.A. member said he wanted the advice of Mr. Dearborn and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, then a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Trump and Mr. Dearborn’s longtime boss, about how to proceed in connecting the two leaders.
Russia, he wrote, was “quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the U.S.” and would attempt to use the N.R.A.’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., to make “‘first contact.’” The email, which was among a trove of campaign-related documents turned over to investigators on Capitol Hill, was described in detail to The New York Times.
In the email, Erickson said he wanted to get the advice of Jeff Sessions about a meeting between Trump and Putin.
“Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump,” Paul Erickson said in the email.
“He wants to extend an invitation to Mr. Trump to visit him in the Kremlin before the election. Let’s talk through what has transpired and Senator Sessions’s advice on how to proceed.”
“Another contact came through an American advocate for Christian and veterans causes, and together, the outreach shows how, as Mr. Trump closed in on the nomination, Russians were using three foundational pillars of the Republican Party — guns, veterans and Christian conservatives — to try to make contact with his unorthodox campaign,” the paper notes.
I guess the NRA was trying to get Trump elected because they figured he would help Americans get back all of their guns that Obama came and took away from them?
Every day we go further and further down this rabbit hole of Russian collusion. When does the corruption end?
Oh, and don’t tell the NRA I said “rabbit hole,” because they’ll may open fire.