Russia, Russia, Russia.
Courtesy of WaPo:
A Russian gun rights activist pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring with a senior Russian official to infiltrate the conservative movement in the United States as an agent for the Kremlin from 2015 until her arrest in July 2017.
Maria Butina, 30, became the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence U.S. policy in the run-up and through the 2016 election as a foreign agent, agreeing to cooperate in a plea deal with U.S. investigators in exchange for less prison time.
Butina admitted to working with an American political operative and under the direction of a former Russian senator and deputy governor of Russia’s central bank to forge bonds with officials at the National Rifle Association, conservative leaders, and 2016 U.S. presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, whose rise to the Oval Office she presciently predicted to her Russian contact.
“Guilty,” Butina said with a light accent in entering her plea with U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan at a hearing Thursday morning in federal court in Washington.
As part of her plea, Butina admitted seeking to establish and use “unofficial lines of communication with Americans having influence over U.S. politics” for the benefit of the Russian government, through a person fitting the description of sanctioned Russian central banker Alexander Torshin, prosecutor Erik Kenerson said.
I am seriously wondering if the NRA will be able to survive this revelation.
I think when all is said and done and when we are finally finished prosecuting people who helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election, that any agencies, politicians, or media outlets connected even minimally to that event will be damaged beyond all repair.
In the case of the NRA there also exists the possibility that some employees might face prosecution for colluding with Butina to help her infiltrate their agency along with a variety of other conservative groups.
As for Butina herself, I have heard some talk of her being deported back to Russia, but I feel that if she were sent back after working with federal prosecutors that her life expectancy would be about one week.
Besides I am sure there is a hosting job waiting for her on Fox News.