Lieu Calls for FBI to Investigate Russia Ties to NRA
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) andCongresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY)late last week called on FBI DirectorChristopher Wray to launch an investigation into whether the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association (NRA) to funnel money into electoral campaigns. Lieu and Rice, both former prosecutors, in their letter called on the FBI to evaluate whether Russia illegally used the NRA to support or interfere with Senate and Congressional campaigns. “The NRA spent more than $30 million to support the Trump campaign, an amount far greater than those used for previous Republican presidential nominees. We also know the NRA spent significant amounts on U.S. House or U.S. Senate races,” the letter reads. “Illegal campaign contributions by a foreign nation, especially one whose interests stand in stark contrast to those of the United States, threaten the very underpinnings of our democracy and cannot remain unchallenged. As such, if the FBI is not already doing so, we urge you to immediately investigate any potential illegal contributions by Russia to the Trump campaign and ensure such investigation includes contributions to any U.S. House or U.S. Senate candidates.” See the full letter here.