Paul Erickson, former Republican operative and boyfriend of convicted Russian spy Maria Butina, is also being investigated by the House Judiciary Committee.
The Committee chaired by Jerry Nadler, has requested documents from Erickson as well as eighty other individuals and entities. The full list is below.
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Senate Finance Committee Investigating Maria Butina’s Ties to U.S. Treasury Dept.
Published February 19, 2019
A bipartisan investigation has been initiated by the Senate Finance Committee into Maria Butina and her connections to a conservative think tank and the NRA (National Rifle Association).
The Center for the National Interest think tank received a request by the committee for records related to meetings with Alexander Torshin and Butina with the Federal Reserve vice chairman and the Treasury Department undersecretary for international affairs per NPR news.
Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley and Democratic ranking member Ron Wyden of Oregon also sent letters to the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to find out more about these meetings but, also their policies regarding meeting with foreign officials.
Documents obtained by NPR via a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) shows that the executive director of the think tank, Paul Saunders communicated to the Federal Reserve to organize meetings for Torshin.
“I am writing to request an appointment for Mr. Alexander Torshin,” Saunders wrote, in a March 2015 email.
“Mr. Torshin is in the United States on a private visit. … He would like to discuss U.S.-Russia relations and international economic issues and can also share his perspective on Russia’s financial situation and its impact on Russian politics.”
NPR also obtained a memo dating back to 2015 that shows that Torshin and Butina were touting their relationships with the National Rifle Association and their goal was to attend the yearly NRA conference.
The letter sent out by Senator Grassley and Wyden can be seen in the link below.
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