NRA Operative Offered Trump “Kremlin Connection”

The New York Times reports:

A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia told a Trump campaign adviser last year that he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, according to an email sent to the Trump campaign.

A May 2016 email to the campaign adviser, Rick Dearborn, bore the subject line “Kremlin Connection.” In it, the N.R.A. member said he wanted the advice of Mr. Dearborn and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, then a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Trump and Mr. Dearborn’s longtime boss, about how to proceed in connecting the two leaders.

Russia, he wrote, was “quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the U.S.” and would attempt to use the N.R.A.’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., to make “‘first contact.’” The email, which was among a trove of campaign-related documents turned over to investigators on Capitol Hill, was described in detail to The New York Times.

“The Kremlin believes that the only possibility of a true reset in this relationship would be with a new Republican White House,” Mr. Erickson wrote to Mr. Dearborn, adding, “Ever since Hillary compared Putin to Hitler, all senior Russian leaders consider her beyond redemption.”

There’s much more on this at the link.

  • jruffdc

    Enemies of the state

  • whollyfool

    Jesus this gets crazier and crazier

  • Bluto

    Now the nra is involved in treason, further down the rabbit hole we go. Is there any right wing org or individual who ISN’T a traitor? goddamn this country is FUCKED.

    • Karl Dubhe II

      Alice went thru the Looking Glass…

      We’ve done gone and made her trip look like a nice pot buzz.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “What do you mean, calling me a traitorous sociopath? All my Republican friends are doing it!”

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    • DesertSun59

      Dr. Johan Galtung’s forecast about our nation’s demise is still completely on schedule. We have, at most, until 2020 before we are no longer the US you and I grew up in.

      • TominDC

        Galtung predicts that the American *Empire* will end in 2020, not the American *Republic*. Big difference.

    • RoFaWh

      The entire America right wing needs to be officially designated a subversive group; from the lowliest bible thumper in the wilds of Alabama right up to the oligarchs at the top who hog all the wealth.

  • Gustav2

    The old Republican “thousand points of light” point to Trump’s involvement with Russia at a thousand points.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    More, more, always more shit.
    December is going to be an entire month of crazy.
    Happy Holidays!

    • FAEN

      December is the worst month for me.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Hey me too ! I always threaten to run away from home for a month.

        • FAEN

          I’m totally with you on that.

      • vorpal

        Standing in holiday shopping lines to buy yourself a pair of socks that can’t wait until January is the closest thing to hell I can imagine.

        • FAEN

          Yep! It’s the fakest holiday to me and I’m relieved when it’s over.

          • CanuckDon

            The mandatory Christmas tunes playing continuously throughout the stores…”ring ring ring those cash registers”. …corporate groups, shareholders, and stakeholders sing it out loud like carolers going door to door.

          • RoFaWh

            There’s something very fucked up about an economy that depends on seasonal retail sales to do well.

            Wait until the Trump Tax Ripoff comes into effect, and suddenly the deplorables discover they don’t have the spare cash even to buy new tinsel for the tree.

          • FAEN

            I know right? Makes my 👁 twitch.

      • David Walker

        For me, it’s December until about mid-February…sunlight deprivation. I tried the “plant lights” and “grow lights” and discovered the only thing they helped grow was my depression.

        • CanuckDon

          I find things start looking up by the last week of the year when we’ve past the hurdle of Dec 21st. That’s why autumn is my least favourite season.

    • JCF

      “You have to say ‘Merry Christmas!’, libtard!!!!” /s

  • cleos_mom

    In this case, “seeking a dialogue” was basically a pick-up line.

    • William

      Most treasonous blind date ever.

  • Ninja0980

    So when does he fire Mueller?

    • FAEN

      I was listening to Signorile last week and one of the guests on his show explained that if Mueller is fired all the data to continue the investigation exists and someone else would take over.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Who would appoint that someone else? Dumpy?

  • GanymedeRenard

    “Dearborn”? Ha ha ha! That’s a perfect name for a bastard.

  • ColdCountry

    Oh, my!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This is awesome. So many heads are gonna roll.

  • greenmanTN
    • David Walker

      Nazi-Russian Alliance
      Not Real Americans
      No Rights Allowed
      Never Regret Anything

      • Steverino

        Always keep in mind, they who wrap themselves in the flag are by definition hiding behind it.

    • Librarykid

      As is any group or organization that does not value the lives of American citizens.

  • crewman

    Worth highlighting: “The Kremlin believes that the only possibility of a true reset in this relationship would be with a new Republican White House.”

    Russia wasn’t just trying to destabilize our democracy. They explicitly wanted to elect Donald Trump and support Republicans. I never thought I’d say this, but I wish Reagan were alive today just so to hear what he thinks of his party now.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Lincon. Teddy. Eisenhhower. Hell even Nixon would be flabbergasted and disgusted

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        It is sad when Nixon is appealing but at least he was mostly sane, intelligent and not a damn corpulent traitor.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      He would just read, with great drama and gravitas, whatever his handlers put in front of him.

    • BobSF_94117

      Reagan would be thrilled. Communism is dead. Russia is run by Robber Barons. What do you think he’d object to?

    • Vista-Cruiser

      “Well Mommy, what’s on the astrology chart today?”

  • Gerry Fisher

    I remember a year or so before the Supreme Court decision about marriage equality–that would make it around 2013 or 2014–Joe was reporting a lot about Brian Brown and NOM establishing connections in Russia. I had no idea that “this was a thing” in the larger conservative movement. That, plus the open secret that Rep. Rohrabacher was in the pocket of the Russians.

    • SoCalGal20

      There have been stories before about the NRA’s Russian connections. But yeah, lots and lots of connections between the right and Russia.

      • BobSF_94117

        Some of our wealthiest citizens are fond of the Russian oligarch’s way of running things.

        • RoFaWh

          There is such a thing as an American oligarch.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      I remember it well. Most of us just laughed, thinking that the evangelicals were losing their fight against LGBTs in the US, so they were looking for greener pastures.

      But now evangelicals control the entire US government and most of the states. I wonder whether their shared hatred of LGBTs is what first brought the Republican Party and the Russian government together.

    • Bunter

      Here is another Russia warning from a couple of years ago- Russia’s successful online attack on Estonia. Seems like a trial for things to come now:

  • JT

    Some dare not call it what it is: treason.

    • RoFaWh

      It’s treason, no two ways about it.

  • netxtown

    How many rubles to the dollar?

    NRA raises hand…

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Trump is having a total breakdown today. I am so loving this!

    • billbear1961

      He’s DESPERATE!

  • Michael R

    Thanks Citizens United .

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Ninja0980

      Brains, BRAINS!!!

    • Karl Dubhe II

      Zombies do focus on what they want…

    • GayOldLady

      Alex must be standing on his head while he’s watching Lesbian Porn.

    • Todd20036

      But just in case, got any recipes? I usually just throw out the brain after I cure a gay person…

    • OdieDenCO

      no alex, that’s cunnilingus. vaginas do not have teeth!

      • yes b’y

        no wonder with gums like that!

    • JCF
      • Ragnar Lothbrok


  • worstcultever

    This country is full of little Putins, everywhere. Even aside from the WH and the puke congress.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Not going to matter unless Trump campaign responded

    • GayOldLady

      By the time this offer happened, they already had several channels open to them.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Right. I dont think this will change anything and we will have forgotten about it by tomorrow

      • Vista-Cruiser

        That’s what I was thinking. Why would Trump need a “back channel meeting” with Putin when the two of them were already in bed together?

        • RoFaWh

          From what I’ve read, it appears that Putin targeted Trump as the most useful in a large crowd of useful idiots a long time ago.

          Trump, you are a tool in the hands of the enemies of the US. Are you proud of yourself?

          [Answer: Probably not. Trump does not behave like a person who sometimes has pride in his accomplishments. Gaseous tweets do not constitute pride.]

  • Michael R

    Remember Kushner trying to get a private back
    channel to Russia at the beginning ?

  • billbear1961

    This is what Electoral-Vote is saying about his tweet yesterday where he foolishly says–admits–he fired Flynn for lying to Pence AND the FBI:


    Undoubtedly, The Donald’s lawyers have told him, over and over, to zip his mouth when it comes to the Russia matter. Tweets like this one are why. Do you see the enormous mistake that the President made? It was just three words, but they could prove to be the most damaging three words for a president since “No new taxes.” The mistake, of course, is “and the FBI.” Recall that Flynn was forced out on February 13 of this year. Later that month, and again in March and April, Trump tried to get FBI director James Comey to back off his investigation of Flynn. Then, on May 9, Comey was fired. Prior to Trump’s tweet, the story was that Flynn got fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence, causing Pence to embarrass himself when he went on TV to defend Flynn. If that was the issue, then it is a political and personal matter, but not a criminal one.

    On the other hand, if Trump knew on February 13 that Flynn had lied to the FBI—and the President just admitted that he did know—then he’s got two big problems. The first is: How did he know Flynn had lied? Did Trump have any involvement in ordering either the lie itself, or the meeting(s) with the Russians that prompted the lie? The second is: If Trump knew that Flynn was guilty of a federal offense on February 13, it means that his conversations with and firing of James Comey were unambiguously intended to cover up a crime. This is a textbook example of obstruction of justice, and is literally the exact same thing that got Richard Nixon in trouble. Trump’s lawyer, John Down, is attempting to argue that Trump was merely paraphrasing the statement made on Friday by Trump’s other lawyer, Ty Cobb. Uh, huh.

    But wait, there’s more. On Saturday, the New York Times published excerpts from e-mails by Trump transition team member K.T. McFarland. The messages document conversations about Russia between McFarland, Flynn, and other Trump administration officials. At very least, they make clear that Flynn’s Russia-related activities were well known to members of the campaign, and that Flynn continued to be a key team member thereafter. This runs contrary to the administration’s claims that Flynn was “acting independently.” At worst, depending on how one reads two or three key messages, the e-mails may document a conspiracy to manipulate the election. Particularly critical is a message in which McFarland says that Russia, “has just thrown the U.S.A. election to [Trump].” If that is an “update” on what was happening as part of the ongoing negotiations with the Russians, then it’s big trouble for Team Trump. McFarland and others are claiming that she was merely paraphrasing the Democrats’ talking points. You may recognize that excuse from the previous paragraph.

    Presumably, there is someone—maybe several someones—in the White House responsible for convincing the President that everything is ok, and that he’s got nothing to worry about. Whomever that might be, they’re going to be earning their paychecks from here on out. Meanwhile, it’s likely only a matter of time until Trump decides that Mueller must be fired, setting the stage for both Saturday Night Massacre Part II and a constitutional crisis.

    You CANNOT allow Mueller to be fired–you CANNOT!!

    • billbear1961

      What the Flynn Plea Deal Means

      The executive summary: This investigation is closer to the beginning than the end, and someone at the very top of the food chain is in deep trouble.

      • David L. Caster

        I’ll be keeping my experience low for now. Not that I would shed a tear if the entirety of the Trump administration and trump’s personal crime syndicates were all pulled down.

  • DesertSun59

    It’s so amusing that it’s THEIR emails that are destroying them. Hillary’s are irrelevant. Quite clearly, the entire focus of the Right on ’emails’ was pure projection.

    • Dazzer

      I dunno. I still think John Podesta’s risotto recipe is a crime against society that ought to be punished at the International Court in the Hague.

      • David Walker

        Do you mean the International Food Court? I think that’s where Alabama’s honorable twice-impeached kiddie diddling ex-justice Moore used to hang out.

        • houstonray

          I DEMAND a Throwdown with Bobby Flay, followed up by Iron Chef!

      • Acronym Jim

        I think you meant the International Hall Of Punishment.

  • SoCalGal20

    The NRA connection to the Russians has been reported previously, at least a little but nice to have an email! This Daily Beast article is from February.

    • BobSF_94117

      And it’s a very hard to explain connection, since Russia, much beloved by the NRA, has very tough gun laws. Odd. Opposites attract, I guess, at least overseas.

      • -M-

        They’re buddy with Evangelical whack jobs too despite not having freedom of religion.

        • BobSF_94117

          Our Baptists don’t care if they put their Baptists in jail. So all’s good.

          • RoFaWh

            Or perhaps all baptist churches will suddenly sprout onion domes?

            Interesting tidbit: each dome on an orthodox church (or temple, as they call them) is the external manifestation of a chapel inside. Five domes, five chapels.

        • 2guysnamedjoe
  • Todd20036

    Remember when the NRA was only about hunting?


    • JCF

      I think maybe prior to the 1960s.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Now can we shut down NRA under RICO?

    • RoFaWh

      Seize all their assets and jail the top twenty people in the organization.

      • JCF

        I’m dreaming of a
        Wayne Lapierre

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    NOW we know why that nutjob Clark went to Russia

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I know Mueller has a lot on his plate, but I would be so happy if he investigated Exxon and the NRA in connection to this.

  • JWC

    Ah Ha the Thot Plickens

  • RoFaWh

    Trump is unquestionably a traitor to his country.

    Hang him high, on the South Lawn of the WH. So lots of people can watch — more than watched his inauguration coronation or whatever the hell his latest audience size fiasco was.

  • CottonBlimp

    We are at war with Russia. They are arming terrorist cells within our country kill us.

  • Jeffrey

    Now why am I not surprised that the NRA, a supposed symbol of patriotism, is involved treason and an attempted coup on its own country?

  • kareemachan

    Why does the NRA have a jones for Russia?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      It’s for much the same reason the antigay industry does. Russia (and the rest of the underdeveloped world) is a vast, potentially lucrative market. Just about everyone in the US who’s going to be a gun nut or a homophobe is already one.

  • Wyatt

    What does this have to do with the NRA. I too am a member of the NRA. But I don’t represent the NRA as an organization.

    • JCF

      “Russia, he wrote, was “quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the
      U.S.” and would attempt to use the N.R.A.’s annual convention in
      Louisville, Ky., to make “‘first contact.’”

      • Wyatt

        But didn’t. NRA wouldn’t have anything to do with that. A member that was infected with the anti Trump syndrome, sure. Has nothing to do with NRA officially. Free people can do anything they want, but they can’t hijack a platform they don’t have. LOL