Maria Butina, an Alleged Russian Spy with Ties to the NRA is Arrested and Charged
Just moments ago federal prosecutors in the United States have unsealed a criminal complaint against a woman named Maria Butina. In the official complaint, Butina is accused of a “Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of a Foreign Government”. The government alleges that Butina conspired with others known and unknown to the government to act “as an agent of” the “Russian Federation” without notifying the Attorney General of the United States. These accusations date from 2015 and possibly earlier, up until present day.butina_mariia_-_complaint_-_july_2018_0_0
What is even more significant here is that Butina is a deputy of Russian politician Alexander Torshin, and also happens to have spoken to Donald Trump, when she asked him about sanctions in 2015, one month after Trump announced he would run for President. Her question was: “If you will be elected as president, what will be your foreign politics especially in the relationships with my country? And do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging of both economy [sic]? Or you have any other ideas?”
Butina is also the founder of the Right to Bear Arms, a gun-rights group in Russia. She helped Alexander Torshin work to bring conservative operative and NRA member Paul Erickson to Russia for an NRA delegation in December of 2015 with Sheriff David A. Clarke. Torshin happens to be a large donor of the NRA and was put under sanctions by the U.S. government this past April. Butina has also previously started a business called Bridges, LLC, with Erickson.
On May 10, 2016, Erickson contacted Rick Dearborn, a senior advisor to Jeff Sessions, as well as a senior campaign official and member of the Trump transition team, writing:
“Switching hats! I’m now writing to you and Sen. Sessions in your roles as Trump foreign policy experts / advisors. […] Happenstance and the (sometimes) international reach of the NRA placed me in a position a couple of years ago to slowly begin cultivating a back-channel to President Putin’s Kremlin. Russia is quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the U.S. that isn’t forthcoming under the current administration. And for reasons that we can discuss in person or on the phone, the Kremlin believes that the only possibility of a true re-set in this relationship would be with a new Republican White House.”
Maria Butina has bragged that she was part of the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia.
This could be a significant arrest for the U.S. DOJ and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If a criminal conspiracy exists between the NRA, the Trump Campaign and Russia, Butina might just hold the keys. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds. Below you will find a video of Trump actually telling Butina that he would remove Russian sanctions if elected President.