Russian spy Maria Butina admits to conspiracy against the US - and details how she played Republicans on behalf of Kremlin
Maria Butina, a central figure in the special counsel probe into whether the Donald Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 campaign, has entered a guilty plea in federal court, admitting she conspired against the United States. From CNN:
Butina, 30, was accused of working to infiltrate Republican political circles through groups such as the National Rifle Association to bolster Russian interests.Butina said she acted "under direction of" a Russian official whom CNN has identified as Alexander Torshin. "Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics," the prosecutor said in court.
As you can see in the illustration below, Butina is at the center of several circles—the Trump campaign, the NRA and Russia.
For a better understanding about why her plea deal is likely causing tremendous heartburn and sleepless nights for conservatives from evangelical leaders to Trump campaign staffers to the highest echelons of the NRA, click here for all the dirty details.
In addition to the link above, friend of Daily Kos Matt Ortega has helpfully provided a list of the troubling Butina links to conservative figures.
In May 2016, Trump campaign aides had received an offer from Torshin, acting at the behest of Putin, proposing a me… https://t.co/WF8S4Jbjw6— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega)1544719344.0
National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared in a video for a gun group established by Torshin and admitted spy,… https://t.co/IJTEZV0dpJ— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega)1544719501.0
FBI obtained secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of conversations between Torshin and convicted Russian mon… https://t.co/LOO5NZiPoP— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega)1544719659.0
Outgoing Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with the now-admitted Russian spy Maria Butina in St. Petersburg in 2015. (He ca… https://t.co/A94PYwszX4— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega)1544719878.0