According to testimony before House investigators from Glenn Simpson, co-founder of research firm Fusion GPS, the Russians “infiltrated the NRA.”
Simpson’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee from November was made public Thursday. He alleged that the Russians made a concerted effort to “get in with” the National Rifle Association.
“It appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA,” he said. “And there is more than one explanation for why.”
According to Simpson, “It appears that the Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. 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.”
In his testimony, Simpson spoke about Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is also known to be close to Russian President Vladmir Putin. He said Torshin is reportedly a “life member” of the NRA, and Fusion GPS “spent a lot of time” investigating the Russian.
Simpson didn’t reveal what other conservative groups the Russian operation supposedly infiltrated, because “the names of them escape my mind,” but he added “there has been a lot of that.”
According to McClatchy DC, 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.