US Arrests Russian Agent for Conspiring to Influence Politics

U.S. President Donald Trump left and Russian President Vladimir Putin right during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

Maria Butina has been charged with trying to create a secret connection between the United States and Russian officials on behalf of the Russian government in a scheme that began in 2013.

On Friday, a grand jury in Washington indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks during the 2016 USA presidential election with the goal of disrupting the vote. The official, whose name was not released, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April. A spokesman for NRA declined to comment. Torshin, who was listed as "State Secretary-deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, " was designated under the sanctions as a Russian official.

Butina was a gun rights activist with a Russian group called the Right to Bear Arms and Torshin has long touted his connections with the NRA according to U.S. media. All Butina wanted, per his statement, was to "promote a better relationship between the two nations"-a goal she sought to achieve through "open and public networking", rather than "covert propaganda". He protested her Sunday arrest as made "without prior notice to counsel" and after multiple offers to assist the Justice Department, who did not "avail itself of that opportunity". He said she was cooperating with U.S. authorities and had previously appeared voluntarily behind closed doors for eight hours before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. U.S. Person 1 claimed that the conduit for this back channel was an "unnamed gun rights organization".

In the wake of Donald Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, members of the media mistook a Trump administration staffer for a Russian spy.

At a party in November 2016, Butina claimed that she was involved with the Trump campaign's communications with Russian Federation.

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A woman who reportedly attended Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign launch event in 2015 and posted a picture of herself with him has been charged with being a covert agent for Russian Federation inside the U.S.

Driscoll said during the hearing that Butina had recently earned a master's degree in worldwide relations from American University. He said Trump Jr.

"Thank you for this opportunity to address the Russian people on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Russian Constitution", Bolton says. "I think we would get along very, very well". "The whole world hates us", Trump responded.

Trump also sarcastically quipped that Putin was a "good friend" of then-President Barack Obama.

They later discussed the "Russia-USA friendship society". "The NRA has avoided explaining its ties to Putin for more than a year now", John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, told ABC News Monday.

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