After the relative buzzing of nonsense that we heard during the 2018 midterms, Americans were likely hoping for some political peace and quiet before the Christmas holiday. That is not happening.
Immediately following the midterms, in which the democrats regained control of the House, Robert Mueller shifted his investigation into the next gear, nabbing men like Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort in earnest. (He’s still having some trouble with guys like Jerome Corsi, however).
Now, one accused Russian spy has decided to cooperate with investigators, taking a plea deal that will see her charged for conspiracy…among other things.
Maria Butina, the Russian gun enthusiast accused of attempting to secretly penetrate American right-wing political circles, pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Thursday. She became the first Russian citizen to be convicted in the sprawling investigations into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election.Butina, 30, told the court she’d acted “under direction of” a Russian official who’s been widely identified as a man named Alexander Torshin. Torshin reportedly retired last month from his job as deputy director of Russia’s central bank.Trending:
“Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics,” a prosecutor said in court, CNN reported.
Since her arrest in July, prosecutors have said Butina worked to build up relationships with American politicians through her contacts with the National Rifle Association. In 2015, she publicly quizzed then-candidate Donald Trump on his views on Russian sanctions.
Other than the bizarre circumstances that led Trump to speak to Butina in 2015, there has been no insinuation that the Russian spy had any other connections to the Trump campaign whatsoever.