The co-founder of research firm Fusion GPS revealed to House investigators that the Russians “infiltrated the NRA.”
In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee made public Thursday, Glenn Simpson alleged that the Russians made a concerted effort to “get in with” the National Rifle Association, and seems to have succeeded.
"It appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA," he said. "And there is more than one explanation for why."
“It appears that the Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations,” he said in the November interview. “And they targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA.”
Simpson mentioned Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is also known to be close to Russian President Vladmir Putin.
Torshin is reportedly a “life member” of the NRA, and according to Simpson, Fusion GPS “spent a lot of time” investigating Torshin.
Simpson didn’t reveal what other conservative groups because “the names of them escape my mind,” but added “there has been a lot of that.”
According to McClatchy, the FBI is investigating whether Russian money went to the NRA in order to help President Trump win the election, with the help of Torshin. The FBI and the NRA both did not comment to McClatchy.