NRA attorney raised concerns over organization’s connections to Russia: report

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An attorney for the National Rifle Association (NRA) reportedly raised concerns regarding potential ties the organization may have to Russia.

McClatchy reported that Cleta Mitchell — a longtime attorney for the NRA — expressed concerns over the possibility that the organization helped in an effort to funnel Russian money into the 2016 presidential election to help the campaign of President Trump.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have reportedly included Mitchell on a list of people they want to interview.

{mosads}Sources told McClatchy that Senate Democrats also want to find out information she may have regarding the NRA’s possible ties to Russia.

Mitchell denied she had raised concerns about the NRA’s connections to Russia, telling McClatchy in an email it was a “complete fabrication.”

“I have no knowledge of anything like this and zero concerns whatsoever about anyone — Russians or otherwise — who ‘funneled’ funds to / through NRA,” she told McClatchy.

She said the organization “is meticulous about following all the rules.”

“Whether there was an effort by Russia to create a back channel or assist the Trump campaign through the NRA or gun-rights groups is an open question the committee’s minority has endeavored to answer for the past year,” Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told McClatchy.

“Much work remains to be done concerning that thread of our investigation, including conducting witness interviews and receiving relevant documents from several organizations and individuals.”

The NRA supported Trump during his presidential campaign, spending millions to help his effort.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week concluded their investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Schiff on Thursday pledged that Democrats would continue to investigate Russia’s election interference, even after the panel’s Republican members abruptly wrapped up the probe.

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