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Russian official Alexander Torshin, appearing in Moscow in 2016, was sanctioned by the U.S. government in April, suspending years of travel back to 2009 during which he cultivated ties with American conservatives. Alexander Shalgin/Tass hide caption

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Documents Reveal How Russian Official Courted Conservatives In U.S. Since 2009

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President Trump, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, pledged to "totally destroy" a law that bars political activity by religious institutions. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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