NRA in crisis: how the gun group became ensnared in the Russia inquiry

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The Russia ties of NRA bigwigs are political and legal headaches that won’t go away

During the National Rifle Association’s May 2016 convention where Donald Trump won the organisation’s coveted endorsement, board member David Keene hosted a private dinner that drew three Russian lifetime NRA members: a since-convicted Kremlin influence agent, her handler and mentor, and a previously unreported Russian who chairs a defense industry foundation, the Guardian has learned.

For the powerful five million member NRA, the Russia ties of Keene and other NRA bigwigs are political and legal headaches that won’t go away – not with the FBI and congressional panels pursuing lengthy probes into the Kremlin’s alleged scheme to influence the pro gun giant’s top brass, other conservative groups and US politicians.

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