The National Rifle Association (NRA) is gathering documents in preparation for a possible investigation into its connections to a Kremlin-tied banker, CNN reported Friday.
Staffers have been directed to collect documents that mention banker Alexander Torshin or his associate, Maria Butina, who runs a pro-gun group in Russia, the network reported.
Congressional investigators have already pressed the gun group over its links to Torshin, a lifetime NRA member and the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank.
The NRA has previously said that its reexamining its relationship with Torshin after he was hit with sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department.
The FBI is also reportedly investigating whether Torshin illegally donated to the NRA to support President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s 2016 campaign.
Torshin has also claimed on social media that his NRA connections have given him access to Trump.
The NRA revealed earlier this month that it had received 23 donations from individuals tied to Russia since 2015. The organization had previously claimed that it only received one contribution from a Russian individual from 2012 to 2018.