FBI looking into whether Russian banker gave money to NRA to support Trump: report

The FBI is reportedly looking into whether a top Russian banker illegally gave money to the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an effort to help President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE during the 2016 presidential race.

Two sources familiar with the matter told McClatchy that FBI counterintelligence investigators are looking into Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank.

According to the news service, it is not clear how long FBI investigators have been looking into the activities of Torshin, who is known for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA.


The NRA spent $30 million during the 2016 presidential race to support Trump, and Trump was a frequent advocate for the Second Amendment.

The report comes as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE continues his investigation into Russian election interference and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Trump has repeatedly denied collusion and referred to the Russia prove as a "witch hunt."

It was reported this week that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon was subpoenaed by Mueller and is set to fully cooperate with his investigation.

Another report earlier this week also said White House communications director Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE is expected to speak with the House Intelligence Committee in the panel’s probe into Russian election interference.