Previously, the FBI had said Butina was trying to establish relationships with a "gun rights organization," which NBC News has reported is the NRA.
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For the second time in as many days, officials said the president did not hold the position he had appeared to embrace.
"Policy differences don't matter right now," Comey said. "History has its eyes on us."
Americans are more leery of Russia and cyberattacks than they were a year ago.