NRA darling Maria Butin pleads guilty to being a Russian agent and attempting to influence US policy.

By |2018-12-13T13:29:15-08:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |12 Comments

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. 

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12 Comments

  1. amom December 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    it was July 2018 wasn’t it?

    • Gryphen December 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      Yeah, you’re right.

      It looks like the Washington Post has a typo.

  2. Anonymous December 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Next up, porn model first lady is KGB honeypot !!!!

  3. Red $parrow December 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    https://thinkprogress.org/maria-butina-guilty-plea-nra-russia-32a8cc67897f/

    “MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova fleshed out Moscow’s stance early Thursday morning. Speaking at a press conference, Zakharova referred to Butina as a “prisoner of conscience.”

    She also claimed that Butina, who has been held since July, has been subjected to “physical and psychological experiments.” It’s unclear what Zakharova was referring to, as Butina’s lawyers haven’t referred to any “experiments.” “Everything that happens around her has nothing to do with justice, with law,” “This investigation, all of this, is exclusively political pressure and blackmail.”
    “The comments echo those from Butina’s father, who wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin claiming that the U.S. was subjecting Butina to “sophisticated torture.” Zakharova’s boss doesn’t seem to share her view. As Putin said on Tuesday, he had no idea until recently who Butina was. “She risks 15 years in jail — for what?” Putin said. “I asked all the heads of our intelligence services what is going on. Nobody knows anything about her.”’

  4. Global Shithole now December 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    This is just the beginning. When justice is done correcting WORLD history, it will cause earthquake$ of data dumps.
    Freefall aftershock$ will be felt globally.
    Bottom line: Don’t lie. No one likes a liar. Don’t steal. No one likes a thief.
    The End. Fuckhead.

  5. KanaW December 13, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Sadly, I’m not sure that’s true.
    My brother is an Uber-Kristian, and he loves Putin and Russia now, since they’re as authoritarian as his church beliefs.
    He’ll just look on it as a plus, I’m afraid.
    God helped Russia help the US elect a wonderful “glorious leader”.

    • Anonymous December 14, 2018 at 4:07 am

      In my experience, those professing to be uber-Christian usually aren’t.

    • Russia is GUILTY December 14, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      How is Nicholas? Right. Guilty much there?Jerusalem is where he died. He couldn’t believe what he did to God and Russia and the USA. Whata Christian.

  6. Anonymous December 14, 2018 at 8:22 am
  7. anonymous December 14, 2018 at 8:25 am

    “Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School were sent home Friday after a bomb threat on the sixth anniversary of a massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

    Newtown police said the threat was called in about 9 a.m., and the school was evacuated, reported NECN.
    Police said the threat was not believed to be credible, but they said it would be taken seriously and fully investigated.

    Two other threats were also made Thursday in Newtown, according to police.

    The school building where the children and educators were gunned down Dec. 14, 2012, was demolished and a new school built on the same site.

    The victims’ families have been targeted for harassment over the years by conspiracy theorists who believe the shooting was faked.”<Rawstory

  8. Anonymous December 14, 2018 at 8:33 am

    OT? Bet NoT
    Manafort urged the president to attack the FBI-
    Manafort urged the president to attack the DNC-
    Manafort urged the president to attack Clinton and the Steele dossier

    “Harry Litman, a former US attorney and deputy assistant attorney general, has since commented: “The open pipeline between cooperator and suspect Trump may have been not on only extraordinary but also criminal. … What purpose other than an attempt to ‘influence, obstruct, or impede’ the investigation of the president can be discerned from Manafort’s service as a double agent? And on the Trump side, the communications emit a strong scent of illegal witness tampering.”

    In short, in trying to cover up and maneuver for a pardon, Manafort and others may have committed even more crimes. Each “discernible lie” Manafort told is a potential new felony charge of lying to federal investigators, perjury, obstruction of justice, or combination thereof. Of obvious interest to the special counsel is whether others, most notably White House officials, conspired with Manafort to lie, mislead investigators, and possibly obstruct justice, and what, specifically, the president of the United States knew about all of this.”

    https://www.vox.com/2018/12/14/18140744/paul-manafort-trump-russia-mueller-investigation

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