Accused Russian secret agent Maria Butina may be working to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors: report

Accused Russian secret agent Maria Butina may be working to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors: report

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for accused secret Russian agent Maria Butina submitted court documents Friday indicating that the parties are negotiating a potential plea agreement, according to a new report from NBC News.


The filing reportedly requests more time before the case goes in front of the judge again because the parties could reach a "potential resolution" of the charges against Butina.

Butina stands accused of secretly working as an agent from the Kremlin in the United States and attempting to infiltrate American political institutions such as the NRA. Reports also suggest that she may have been in contact with President Donald Trump's campaign.

The charges being brought against Butina came from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., and it does not appear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has been involved in the case. Butina has denied working as a spy for Russia.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close