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Can We Connect the Dots on the NRA, Russians, and the Super-Shady GOP Avoidance on Gun Violence & U.S. Election Security, Please?

Democrats are smart enough to get around the blocks Republicans keep throwing up. Thing is, there’s also that little ticking clock the “time’s up” chime for which is arguably the 2020 national election.

The white nationalist terrorism enabled by near-unlimited access to surplus assault weaponry is the violent arm. The GOP kleptocrats in the House & Senate are the corporate/governing arm. Those two tactical arms are of the same body, looking to wield unitary power at the expense of the democratic will of the people.

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You all, we need to talk about the NRA. Seriously. Wayne LaPierre makes it look like he’s blackmailing Donald – whom the organization gave $30M to help get him installed into office – over passage of comprehensive background checks, with the same money pot from which his arguably defrauded membership are paying for LaPierre’s wife’s hair & makeup stylists.

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(Thank you Rachel for that reporting.)

That is why we will not have comprehensive background checks or assault weapons bans – and let’s also remember it was another Republican who quietly let the first one lapse –

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until Mitch McConnell is no longer in charge, because for anybody who doesn’t know, those protections are already in HR8, the House bill addressing gun violence – and that passed so long ago I can’t remember it.

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Oh, okay – the end of February 2019.

Now.

Rachel also reported the other evening that along with having to come out and stop TRE45ON from yelling about nonexistent voter fraud, Ellen Weintraub of the FEC also felt she had to go public with the information that not a single Republican FEC Commissioner was willing to move forward with an FBI investigation, from their executive department, into whether or not Russian nationals funneled NRA donations into Trump’s campaign.

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If anyone doubts it – it is illegal under FEC regulations for U.S. candidates to accept foreign contributions for national elections at any level.

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McClatchy reported during the time of the Parkland shooting that there was a more than significant possibility that the Russians were laundering money through the NRA and the NRA was turning around and contributing to Republicans in the House and Senate with it (and, frankly, who knows where else, given the extent to which Cabinet officials appear to have gone to refuse to further allow any investigation.

Act OR omission are alternate ways Republicans fail to stop foreign interference.” I’ll probably keep saying it.)

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What we also know is that Tish James is investigating the NRA’s 501c3 “non-profit” status as we speak (that investigation has been going on awhile).

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If that non-profit status is dissolved, the public may be able to trace the flow of money from GOP elected officials back through the NRA to the original foreign donors.

Which, I suspect, is one of the reasons the NRA is suing her to have their own attorneys present during Oliver North(yes, that one)’s testimony in that suit, even though he’s resigned from any leadership role he had with them as one of the end results of all their infighting.

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The problem remains that we also don’t know how long that investigation may take, and the revelation of the information we need feels time-sensitive.

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More. I don’t need to remind anybody who reads here of how many times I’ve mentioned there is ample reporting not just on #MoscowMitchMcTreason’s plausible compromise by both Russia AND China – at which one has to wonder even more given the fact that since the NYT’s initial reporting on Elaine Chao’s ethics violations (let’s also remember she is both the Transportation Secretary and his wife), we haven’t heard one other peep from mainstream media.

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But I also don’t need to remind anybody else reading here that McConnell is not the only GOP connection to Russian finance that Dallas News was reporting on two years ago

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especially after Oleg Deripaska dumped $200 million into Kentucky right after the McConnell-controlled Senate voted to lift sanctions on him … followed by the additional reporting that Russia is looking to exercise that same type of “grey area” leverage in other economically impoverished states … all of which happen to be red-led.

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Bonus? A federal judgeship approved for a woman who is both the wife of the lobbyist whom Deripaska met with in Switzerland and also a woman who refuses to tell the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brown v. Board of Education was not correctly decided.

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It would take too long report right now in addition on the problems with the actual voting machines (and the corporations that manufacture them). You have to follow @jennycohn1 for that.

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Do pay attention to that Koch/ALEC insanity that has not abated; you know I had a few things to say about that more than once last

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I think it becomes our job to figure out who else has standing besides Commissioners of the FEC to get the FBI to open up that investigation – you know, the one the Republican Commissioners on the FEC refused to lift a finger to let go forward. We have to do what’s necessary to get that reporting confirmed – especially because We the People are not facing just one foreign authoritarian threat to our elections who is willing to cheat to keep 45 in office.

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I’m calling especially on the ingenuity and energy of people whom I’ve heard or seen say things like “I wish I knew what to do but I don’t know what to do” or “I’m not sure what to do”. I think at this point it’s incumbent upon us to think of the people who can do the thing we might not have the power or authority to do, and then do what we can to push them to do that thing.

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Let’s connect the dots, please – and, brainy people, drop your thoughts and proposed solutions in comments. Thank you for your time and attention.

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