The trump-russia web continues to grow
Maria Butina is a Russian political activist best known for founding the pro-gun “The Right to Bear Arms” group in Russia, which is, more or less, the Russian Federation’s version of the National Rifle Association (NRA). She is also, according to a recent charge by the United States Government, a spy for her country.
In a press release published Monday, July 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice claimed that Butina was arrested Sunday June 15, 2018 under the crime of acting “as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.” If found guilty, she could face five years in prison.
Butina was an acolyte of Aleksandr Torshin, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia who publicly came under an FBI probe in January 2018 after it was disclosed that he had been coddling various NRA heads since 2012, to the point where they were having dinner in Moscow. Torshin also openly admitted to donating money to the NRA for the purposes of getting closer to Donald Trump, which may have constituted a violation of campaign finance laws.
To add more fuel to the fire, Butina was a participant at the libertarian conference called FreedomFest in 2015, which Donald Trump attended. During the convention, Butina played the part of a gun right’s activist, and was caught on camera for the event’s official Youtube channel:
During his panel, Trump called on her, and she asked a question about his proposed policies towards Russian sanctions. The same issue Kremlin linked Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya wanted to discuss in the infamous Trump Tower meeting. In answer to Butina’s question, Trump said that he believed he would “get along very nicely with Putin” and that there would be no need for sanctions to build relationships between the two countries.
Pure coincidence that he picked her, of all the people there, to call upon?
And today we learned, from Putin’s own mouth, that he did indeed want Trump to win, and direct his officials to interfere in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf.
Check out the video below:
Featured image via TheFreedomFest/YouTube.