Members of the National Rifle Association were in touch with close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 presidential election, a source inside the NRA told McClatchy on Monday.
The context: The Department of Justice is currently investigating whether NRA member and Putin ally Alexander Torshin used the NRA to funnel money into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
A 2015 picture showing Torshin and other NRA members dining in Moscow with other Russian big names, including Russia's
The big bucks: The NRA was Trump's biggest financial backer in 2016, contributing more than $30 million to his campaign.
According to McClatchy, the DOJ is currently investigating whether any of that money was illegally transferred from Russian officials.