Mariia Butina: Woman arrested in DC for working on behalf of Russian Federation

Jul 17, 2018, 22:42
Mariia Butina: Woman arrested in DC for working on behalf of Russian Federation

Maria Butina was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.

On Friday, a grand jury in Washington indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks during the 2016 US presidential election with the goal of disrupting the vote.

Although U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed in a statement that "the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job" and "this change will in no way limit transparency", campaign watchdogs have long warned that such a move could expose U.S. elections to illegal interference from foreign entities.

Maria Butina
Maria Butina

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Butina "would work on behalf of the official of the Russian Federation by attempting to establish unofficial lines of communications with US politicians and political organizations" and then transmit reports and receive orders from Russia via "email, Twitter direct message, and other means".

In truth, Helson wrote, "Butina continued to act as an agent on behalf of the Russian Federation" and an unnamed Russian official. The recent arrest represents a sudden reversal of fortune for Butina.

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Butina has previously surfaced in USA media reports related to her gun-rights advocacy.

Butina's arrest came on the same day President Trump denied that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election during a press conference with Vladimir Putin.

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In an early campaign video, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told a woman at the libertarian FreedomFest in Las Vegas that he'd likely drop sanctions against Russian Federation if elected.

Driscoll said Butina was not an agent of the Russian Federation but was instead in the U.S. on a student visa, graduating from American University with a master's degree in global relations. The professor said most possibly Maria's actions had been misinterpreted. The Post reported Butina accompanied Erickson to Trump's inauguration. She found her way to a microphone and publicly asked Trump: "What will be your foreign politics, especially in the relations with my country?" And do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging of both economy? Of course, I knew that she had left for the U.S., I signed a reference letter. "The whole world hates us. and yet they make money with us", Trump said.

Trump also sarcastically quipped that Putin was a "good friend" of then-President Barack Obama. "I may delete this tweet", Singer told her 20,000 Twitter followers. "We have made them friends because of incompetent leadership".

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In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo , Gillibrand said that ICE is no longer "working as intended". But they seemed an bad lot like disgruntled Hillary Clinton fans, mad that their candidate lost.

KSFY News is investigating Butina's local ties.

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