John Bolton starred in strange video asking Russia to loosen its gun laws

John "Bolton" Mustachio, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a hot pick to become Trump's National Security Advisor when he gets around to firing the current one, appeared recently in a bizarre video beseeching Russia to loosen its gun laws.

The episode, which has not been previously reported, illustrates the common cause that Russian and American gun rights groups were forming in the years leading up to the 2016 election through former National Rifle Association president David Keene. Keene appointed Bolton to the NRA's international affairs subcommittee in 2011. … The Bolton video appears to be another plank in a bridge built by Russia to conservative political organizations inside the United States. It's unclear why Russian leaders wanted to curry favor with the NRA, but Torshin and Keene appeared to have developed close ties over in the years prior to the 2016 election.