National Rifle Association bracing for investigations into top Russian Alexander Torshin: report
Wayne LaPierre speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The National Rifle Association is gearing up for investigations into the conservative political organization's interactions with Kremlin-linked banker Alexander Torshin, CNN reported Friday.


Torshin, a lifetime NRA member, was among 17 top Russian officials recently slapped with sanctions by the Treasury Department.

Officials at the NRA are setting aside years of documents and "anxiously preparing as if they were already under investigation.

"True believers to the cause are getting very antsy," a source told CNN. "They were definitely preparing, they were bracing themselves."

In January, McClatchy reported the FBI was investigating potential Russian donations to the NRA to bolster Donald Trump's candidacy.

The White House, Trump campaign, and NRA all declined CNN's requests for comment.