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NRA Bloody Deals With A Russian Accent

December 10, 2018

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Russian agent Maria Butina.

Readers to this blog understand the reasons the National Rifle Association is held in such low regard.  Today more proof of why that is so.

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence U.S. policy toward Russia is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors.  Former American University graduate student Butina had previously pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges in July that she was acting as an agent of the Russian government and conspiring to take actions on Russia’s behalf.

Prosecutors have accused her of working with a Russian official and two U.S. citizens to try to infiltrate the powerful NRA lobby group that has close ties to Republican politicians including  Donald Trump, and influence Washington’s policy toward Moscow.

The NRA in the formative days–going all the way back to the late 1800s–when it was created by a couple Union veterans who were concerned about the lack of marksmanship of the troops, is a far cry from the disloyal nature of it today.  Now the organization is flailing around like a giant angry, sick organism, retaining its scared members by ensuring them someone wants to take their hunting rifles.   Sick people in every sense of the word.

Every election we need to suffer through the attempts to play to uneducated Americans about some non-existent gun grab.  This year the old white men were treated with something new.  An attractive Russian woman who was willing to give geezers a tingle which they had not felt since Sarah Palin walked in her boots.  For the rest of us we are asking the only question that matters.  How are these scared NRA people so willing to scream about the Constitution and the right to bear arms in one breath, but so so willing to fall into the arms of Russia, the enemy of democracy in the next breath?

But wait, dear readers, there is more unseemly activity with NRA ties.  You know there always is when it comes to his cold-blooded organization.

As Butina’s attorneys were negotiating the plea deal, her partner, GOP operative Paul Erickson, lawyered up in light of reports swirling that he too may be targeted by federal prosecutors as a covert Russian agent.

Meanwhile, David Keene — a paid member of the NRA’s board of directors and former president of the gun rights organization who has faced scrutiny over ties to Butina’s alleged Russian influence operation — has registered as a different type of foreign agent lobbying for Argentina’s government.

There is NO way to make this intrigue up as it is so sinister.

Let us not forget where this all started.

In December 2015, Butina’s Russian gun-rights organization called the Right to Bear Arms sponsored an NRA delegation to Moscow where attendees met with influential Russian officials including former deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin who had been under U.S. sanctions since 2014.

The convoy to Moscow included Keene, truly irksome Trump campaign surrogate Sheriff David Clarke, president and CEO of the Outdoor Channel Jim Liberatore, soon-to-be NRA president Peter Brownel, and heavy- hitting NRA donors.

What possibly could go wrong?

Now we know.

And it was un-American.

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