Maria Butina is Talking

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Maria Butina.


Maria Butina is Talking

A hearing scheduled on Maria Butina’s case was continued due to a court filing by both sides requesting additional time since they are currently “in negotiations regarding a potential resolution of this matter.”

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter @mcatty_alex



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Maria Butina.



Maria Butina Worked on Cybersecurity

Accused Russian spy, Maria Butina, was a graduate student at American University where she was working on a school project that’s purpose was to gather information on the cyberdefenses of U.S. nonprofit organizations that worked on issues of media freedom and human rights.

The project was to help find vulnerabilities in their security systems.

Butina’s professor was an adviser to the State Department on cybersecurity matters and American University worked in conjunction with a non-profit group known as Internews which advises other non-profits on cybersecurity.

U.S. officials are concerned that information from the State Department was exposed to Russian intelligence, but the State Department says they were not involved in this particular project that Butina was heading and there is no evidence to the contrary.

Prosecutors have alleged that Butina’s enrollment at American University was a cover. Butina was well connected politically, especially with the NRA (National Rifle Association) where she headed her own gun rights organization.

With her ongoing case, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan granted a defense motion to subpoena Butina’s academic records at American University.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter @mcatty_alex


Apparently, convicted felon George Papadopoulos finds the whole Russia/Maria Butina thing funny. I’ve always thought lying to the FBI about Russia meddling in our elections is funny, too.



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The NRA and the Russia Probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee has requested that the NRA (National Rifle Association) provide documents concerning its connections to Russia. The Committee’s request includes information on top NRA officials traveling to Moscow in 2015.

Remember, Maria Butina was well connected to the NRA and leaders in the Republican party. Prosecutors allege that Butina used gun rights as a way to lean Republicans towards a pro-Kremlin direction. Connections to Russia and the NRA even includes John Bolton, Director of National Security who was appointed by President Trump.

Bolton headed a subcommittee on International Affairs and when he was an ambassador to the United Nations, he shot a promotional video that included Maria Butina.

As a result, Rep. Elijah Cummings has requested documentation from Bolton regarding Butina.

Butina was bankrolled by Alexander Torshin, a top figure in Russia’s central bank. Torshin is under U.S. sanctions as well as Dmitry Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister who NRA officials met with.

Others included in that list is NRA President David Keene and soon-to-be president Peter Brownell, former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, and donors Jim Gregory and Arnold and Hilary Goldschlager, and Jim Liberatore, the president and CEO of the Outdoor Channel.

The Senate Finance Committee has also been questioning the NRA on whether any monies have been received on behalf of Russia, which the NRA has denied except for a minimal amount of money as it relates to membership dues. Torshin is a life member of the NRA.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter @mcatty_alex

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