MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out Wednesday that the links between the National Rifle Association, Donald Trump and Russia may be deeper than previously thought.
The host pointed out that on the exact day last July that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their “super sketchy” off-the-record conversation in Helsinki, Finland last July, a Russian national named Maria Butina was being charged in Washington, D.C. for being a foreign agent of her home country.
Butina, Maddow noted, presented herself as a “leading light” of a supposed Russian gun rights movement — but is a member of the political party led by Putin, who does not support the right of Russian to bear arms.
Furthermore, the host added, the Russian “gun rights advocate” and her group was addressed by Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton — who was with the president at the Helsinki summit.
The U.S. government claimed in its indictment of Butina that she was attempting to infiltrate the U.S. conservative movement and the NRA specifically. Butina, the host added, has since pleaded guilty to those charges.
Maddow noted that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has asked White House lawyers for information about whether Bolton “disclosed his previous contacts and work with Maria Butina” when he joined the Trump administration.
Cummings has also written directly to the NRA about Bolton’s foreign trips and contacts, the host added.
Regardless of whether the White House and the NRA respond or force the House Oversight chair’s hand and make him subpoena them, Maddow mused, “it’s probably going to be interesting, right?”
Iran says seized British-flagged tanker ‘free’ to leave
Iran said on Monday that a British-flagged oil tanker is "free" to leave more than two months after it was seized in the Gulf.
"The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move," government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference.
He did not specify when the Swedish-owned vessel would be allowed to set sail.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surrounded the Stena Impero with attack boats before rappelling onto the deck of the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe fact-checks Trump’s ‘slimy’ lies about Biden: ‘He’s rigging the election!’
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough threw cold water on President Donald Trump's accusations against Joe Biden, as the Ukraine scandal continues to widen.
The "Morning Joe" host ripped the president for pressuring Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on Biden and then leaning on states to cancel Republican primaries to snuff out three challengers' campaigns.
"You talk about an inside game, rigging the process, and we talked about how Donald Trump is rigging the process on the Republican side to make sure that as many states as possible cancel democratic elections for the primary," Scarborough said. "I mean, he's learning from Vladimir Putin the way you get 100 percent of the vote is you just cancel the elections, and that's what Donald Trump is getting Republican operatives to do across the country."
Trump condemned for moving to ‘roll back the clock’ as letter exposes his attempt to form anti-abortion UN coalition
"It's not just abortion that they care about, they care about women's ability to exercise autonomy over their bodies and about denying them critical access to the services they need."
Global women's rights advocates raised alarm Monday after a leaked letter showed the Trump administration is pressuring U.N. member nations to join an international anti-abortion coalition.