ABC reported this week that it had found evidence that the NRA had been very involved in plans for the group’s 2015 trip to Moscow and it was not an “unofficial” trip. An Oregon senator, Sen. Ron Wyden, told ABC, “It’s not credible for the NRA to claim that they played no official role in the 2015 Moscow trip." It said staffers had worked with Russian agent Maria Butina to coordinate the trip. Butina told them that when they got to the airport, “For your convenience, in our hands will be a big red sign saying Welcome NRA.”
The trip has come under suspicion because of Butina’s efforts to use the NRA as an instrument of influence in the U.S.