The National Rifle Association is in hot water after a newly-released Senate report puts the gun-rights organization’s non-profit status in jeopardy and a South Dakota limited liability company is at the center of it all.
The report released Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is the culmination of an 18-month investigation by minority party staff on U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
“The totality of evidence uncovered during my investigation, as well as the mounting evidence of rampant self-dealing, indicate the NRA may have violated tax laws. This report lays out in significant detail that the NRA lied about the 2015 delegation trip to Moscow,” Wyden said.
The report also details how money related to that trip funneled through a South Dakota business. KELOLAND Investigates first reported on Bridges, LLC in December 2017.
At the center of organizing this trip are two key figures: Maria Butina and Paul Erickson.
Meanwhile, there’s this:
President Trump met with Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, on Friday to discuss how the gun advocacy group “could provide financial support for the president’s defense as he faces political headwinds, including impeachment,” the New York Times reports.
Why it matters: “… in return for the support, Mr. LaPierre asked that the White House ‘stop the games’ over gun control legislation, people familiar with the meeting said,” according to the NYT.
So — Trump is asking the NRA to go to Russia to get money to defend him as his impeachment trial looms and as every District Attorney in NY is salivating at a chance to go after the Trump Crime Family.