Thursday, July 19, 2018
Russians and Russian Spy in Trump's Oval Office. ("No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet!" Part the Infinity.)
Maria Butina, explained: The accused Russian spy tried to sway US politics through the NRA, used sexual favors to get what she wanted, met with Donald Trump Jr., and lived with a Republican consultant.
And then is invited to the Oval Office!
"The federal indictment also notes that Butina and the official believed to be Torshin had plans to “meet with a U.S. Congressman during a Congressional Delegation trip to Moscow in August 2015." That congressman is widely believed to be Rohrabacher. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy infamously remarked on an open mic in 2016, according to the Washington Post. For his part, Rohrabacher admits to having dinner with Butina and a visiting delegation from Russia back in 2015." --Lee Arnold
New York Times:
WASHINGTON — For four years, a Russian accused of being a covert agent pursued a brazen effort to infiltrate conservative circles and influence powerful Republicans while she secretly was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives, a senior Russian official and a billionaire oligarch close to the Kremlin whom she called her “funder,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
The woman, Maria Butina, carried out her campaign through a series of deceptions that began in 2014, if not earlier, prosecutors said. She lied to obtain a student visa to pursue graduate work at American University in 2016. Apparently hoping for a work visa that would grant her a longer stay, she offered one American sex in exchange for a job. She moved in with a Republican political operative nearly twice her age, describing him as her boyfriend. But she privately expressed “disdain” for him and had him do her homework, prosecutors said.