Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina has reached plea deal and will cooperate
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Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and
cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations.
She admits, as part of the deal, according to a copy obtained by ABC News that is expected to be filed to the court, that she and an unnamed “U.S. Person 1,” which sources have
identified as longtime Republican operative Paul Erickson, with whom she had a multiyear romantic relationship, “agreed and conspired, with a Russian government official (“Russian
Official”) and at least one other person, for Butina to act in the United States under the direction of Russian Official without prior notification to the Attorney General.”
Based on the description, the “Russian Official” appears to be Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Russian Central Bank and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Under his direction, the agreement said, she “sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.”
It would appear that, even as Erickson was helping Butina forge those connections, he may have been aware of the political implications.
“Unrelated to specific presidential campaigns,” Erickson wrote in an October 2016 email to an acquaintance that was later obtained by the FBI, “I’ve been involved in securing a VERY
private line of communication between the Kremlin and key [unnamed political party] leaders through, of all conduits, the [unnamed gun-rights organization].”
And during an FBI raid of Erickson’s South Dakota home, investigators discovered a handwritten note suggesting Erickson may have been aware of a possible job offer from Russian
intelligence services: “How to respond to FSB offer of employment?” Erickson scratched, an apparent reference to the Russian equivalent of the CIA.
They got a fucking Russian spy to plead guilty to being a Russian spy and cooperate with the investigation? What the fuck
So, the NRA was a conduit of communications for Republicans and the Kremlin to communicate before the inauguration.
Now we know why Republicans have been playing so dirty since mid-2016: Republican leadership has been fully aware that they've been fighting for their very survival, complicit in the conspiracy and playing for broke.
I'm sure Mueller knows all about this and has been rooting around through senior GOP to track down the corruption.
Yeah the NRA shit was much bigger than the amount of coverage it's gotten. They tried to get into the NRA very early on and the NRA ended up donating much, much more money to the presidential campaign than they usually do. The story's actually been unfolding for awhile. https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article195231139.html
They'd better have an entire bloody division guarding her, lest she get disappeared.
“I’ve been involved in securing a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin and key [Republican/Democrat] leaders through, of all conduits, the [National Rifle Association/Gun Owners of America].”
Hmmm, yeah, shit. I don't know what the right answer is to this question.
Just another mystery to pile onto this very complicated, very difficult to figure out case. Just like the identity of Individual One, we might never truly know...
Individual 1 was lying Comey all along!
God these past few weeks has made for interesting foreplay. Now where’s the good shit at Mueller? I want an excuse to see the Super Mega Turbo Ultra Hyper Arcade Deep Fried Thermonuclear Smurfy v2 Russian collusion boogaloo edition.
6 months of immense pressure sure can crack anybody to admit anything - deal was that plea gets her out immediatly and she's sent to Moscow after. Once she's there she will immedialty deny any previous statement given.
I am only ashamed that there are no balls in Kremlin to arrest any US agent in Russia in retaliation and then pull him through same amount of trouble to make things even.
Oh hey, Putin
Yeah, cause there is no such things as pressure into confession, and guilty plea deals, absolutely never happened before.
Thing is, her testimony will most likely be cross-examined for inconsistencies by the defendants so your claim kinda falls apart there. There's plenty of people with the means and motivations to discredit her in court and I'm guessing they won't be able to because it's all going to be proven true by undeniable evidence.
So basically in a vacuum her testimony is worthless. It only has value if it's corroborated (which is most likely the case).
Scared of "something" that starts with Russia?
I see your point. One can only hope that novadays that "undeniable" means more than simply claims that are backed by idea that since their sources cannot be published everybody gotta take their word over it.
Do you have any evidence to suggest that might be factor in this case?
Here, press release posted back in august from russian embasy
Ain't much changed since then for her.
you have any proof
posts russian state backed source
This some good shit.
Good thing our courts here work better than their Russian counterparts.
What did you expect i would post? Some Portugal sources? Soo when a russian person is detained, any statement from her own goverment is immediatly shot down? ALright, then let some foreign human right watch to her, lets get some coverage. Oh wait, you can't. She's isolated in US federal prison.
Of course she's isolated. They don't want her to get any bad fish.
I mean, given Russia's track record of pulling shit out of their ass... Yes?
This is typical Russian disinformation and you are falling for it. The notion that Butina is merely a student is so outrageous that it isn’t even meant to be believed by anyone except Russians like yourself, who are increasingly well-adjusted to the idea of believing whatever narrative state media tells them to believe.
The truth is that Butina is a Russian spy. We know this thanks to a mountain of evidence. Inside Russia your propaganda might hold some weight, but in most of Europe and the America’s it is less than worthless. It’s pathetic.
Question for you, Karimatrix. What happens when Vladimir Putin dies? Do you even know? Does anyone in Russia? Probably not. Your leader, who has spent his entire political life dismantling democratic institutions for the sake of gaining political power, will upon his death leave you with nothing but a shattered government and a collection of worthless myths. Maybe then you’ll understand the reality that Russia is not an innocent, virginal utopia locked in perpetual battle with the decadent West, but a hollow shell run in the grip of oligarchy, whose people long ago willingly traded real freedom for fake security and turned a blind eye to the murder of their own countrymen because the truth was too much for them to bear.
Russia isn’t innocent, and neither are you.
Any statement made by a gov that is a literal propaganda machine and has been caught lying on a weekly basis, should not be taken as a truthful source. The FBI has proof she was collaborating with the russian gov, and putin is acting like he doesnt know her. Its just like the two nice russian tourists who wanted to visit some cathedrals and got blamed for bad food poisoning from fish. State media also said they were just random people when, oops, theres physical proof they both were part of the KGB.
I'll openly criticize my goverment for making shit up, but saying the FBI is lying and acting like some rogue agent is extremely laughable when you're linking a gov that is literally ran by mobsters.
I have never met someone so brainwashed by the state until now.
You say that, but sadly I know people who are claiming this exact thing for Cohen. Saying that it’s a falsified confession because “they told him if you don’t say what we want, then we’re going to give you a bad time. Then we’re going to go after your family and everyone who’s ever associated with you”.
They also said “Trump should shut down the government again because (something about a shutdown during Reagan)”.
I don’t know how I’m supposed to respond anymore. Telling them it’s a horrible idea is like trying to convince someone the world isn’t flat.
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