A top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin is reportedly under investigation by the FBI on whether he gave money to the National Rifle Association to help President Trump win the election, sources told the news service McClatchy.
News outlets have been examining ties and meetings between NRA leaders and Russian Federation for months, including a 2015 NRA delegation to Moscow that included meetings with influential Putin allies.
Authorities said Torshin met with Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., at an NRA event in Kentucky in May 2016, when his father won an early endorsement from the gun-rights group. If Torshin funneled money to the NRA to help elect Trump, that could constitute a crime - because it is illegal for Americans to use foreign money in their elections.
Counterintelligence investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking into activities of the deputy governor of Russia's central bank, Alexander Torshin, who reportedly has close ties with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA. A deeper probe of the Russian involvement in the 2016 election is likely to reveal a web of people who overlap with Russia, the Trump campaign, and the NRA. In November, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein ratcheted up the intrigue when she sent a letter to the White House requesting any documents connected to the 2016 campaign, Torshin, the NRA, and a slew of conservative power brokers. It is to accept foreign contributions to influence a federal election, according to the Federal Election Campaign Act. Alexander Torshin "is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA", according to McClatchy. The overture was rejected by Jared Kushner, the Times reported.
It's unclear how long the Torshin inquiry has been going on, and the McClatchy report offered no specifics on what if any evidence the feds have uncovered.