Russian Agent charged over her role within NRA, Trump election campaign

Maria Butina is a Life Member of the NRA

❝ U.S. authorities accused a Russian national of trying to establish a back channel to American politicians during the last election cycle, announcing the charges just hours after President Donald Trump accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurance his country hadn’t interfered.

The woman, Mariia Butina, tried to create a quiet line of communication between U.S. and Russian officials and attempted to infiltrate the National Rifle Association on behalf of the Russian government in a long-running scheme that traces its origins to at least 2013, prosecutors said. Butina, who appeared in federal court in Washington on Monday, is accused of failing to register as a foreign agent

❝ …The Justice Department’s national security unit brought the charges against Butina and is handling the continuing investigation stemming from the computer intrusions.

Golly gee. Anyone warn the Fake President about this. I’d suggest he’ll need time to come up with new lies; but – in practice – he seems content repeating the same simple-minded crap that satisfies his “base”.

12 thoughts on “Russian Agent charged over her role within NRA, Trump election campaign

  1. Female of Her Species says:

    “Secret Agent Man” Johnny Rivers (1966)
    The Justice Department on Monday charged a Russian national, Mariia Butina, also known as Maria, with conspiring against the US as a secret agent. (CNN 7:35 AM ET, Tue July 17, 2018)
    “…Newly unsealed court documents show that prosecutors indicated in a court filing on Saturday their investigation into the Russian foreign agent had more than one subject.
    “The government will continue its investigation after execution of the arrest warrant,” the prosecutors wrote to the judge. “And disclosure of the arrest warrant would jeopardize the investigation by providing the subjects of the investigation an opportunity to destroy evidence or flee and jeopardize the investigation by disclosing the details of facts known to investigators, the identities of witnesses, and the investigative strategy.”
    Court records indicate that a two-minute discussion during her appearance in court Monday was still sealed.
    The judge initially agreed to seal the case so as not to give Butina a chance to flee or destroy documents, according to the court filing.”

  2. Natasha Fatale says:

    “Accused Russian agent ordered held in jail after prosecutors release dramatic allegations”
    It appears from newly filed court documents that Butina was sexually involved with long-time Republican operative Paul Erickson. The two established a South Dakota Business called Bridges LLC In February of 2016 but public records do not indicate its purpose nor any financial transactions. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson, the lead prosecutor, said in court that Erickson currently is the subject of a federal fraud probe in South Dakota. Also during Wednesday’s hearing, Butina’s lawyer, Robert Driscoll, disclosed that Butina had offered to assist the government in an unrelated fraud investigation led by the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Dakota into her boyfriend (identified as “U.S. person #1”).
    Erickson did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
    The New York Times in a Dec. 3 story identified Erickson as a likely connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian Government. Just more than a month later, he received a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting he submit documents and schedule an interview for the probe into Russian interference in 2016 election. (includes mention of Erickson becoming John Wayne Bobbitt’s media advisor in 1993 after Bobbitt’s wife Lorena used a kitchen knife to cut off his penis while he was sleeping).

  3. Matryoshka says:

    Speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Human Rights in the Kremlin on December 11, President Vladimir Putin expressed puzzlement over the fate of Maria Butina, the Russian agent indicted in the United States. Putin said that Butina was “guilty of nothing” – a claim she refuted herself on the morning of Thursday, December 13, when she pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC two days after the Russian president pronounced her innocent.
    Information discovered by a popular Russian Telegram channel suggests that Butina’s involvement with Russian government agencies may have been even broader than that shown in the U.S. case against her.

  4. Footnote says:

    The Enigmatic Russian Paying Maria Butina’s Legal Bills (The Atlantic 3/20/19)
    ‘Nastya Rybka’ [AKA: Anastasia Vashukevich] Says FSB Warned Her Not To Go Home To Belarus (RFE/RL’s Radio Svaboda Feb 25, 2019) In custody in Thailand later last year, Vashukevich earlier claimed to have recordings of [Kremlin-connected tycoon Oleg] Deripaska talking about interference in the 2016 U.S. election in which President Donald Trump was elected. But she has never released them and suggested in comments after her detention in Russia that she would not do so.

  5. Jailbird says:

    Russian Official Claims Butina ‘Returning Home’ Thanks to Advocacy, not Plea Deal
    Tatyana Moskalkova, Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights, said she hoped the public and governmental pressure that helped secure Butina’s release would likewise “secure the return home of all of our fellow citizens who are in trouble abroad.”
    Moskalkova has also called for Russian citizens Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko to be released from U.S. custody.
    Bout is currently serving 25 years for conspiring to sell weapons to a foreign terrorist group, while Yaroshenko was sentenced to 20 years for drug smuggling.
    On April 26, Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison, although the court credited her with nine months time served.
    Her release had been scheduled for late November, but Butina’s lawyer Robert Driscol was quoted as saying that a change in federal law had allowed for his client’s early release on account of good behavior.
    Credit towards service of sentence for satisfactory behavior or time off for good behavior is a regular feature of the U.S. criminal justice system.

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