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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Alleged Russian Agent And Her Web Of Deceit




A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CONSERVATIVE AMERICA

The Russia Agent, Had A Republican Boyfriend

Talking Points Memo adds to our understanding of the real version of the FX series. The Americans.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Alleged Russian Agent Mariia Butina’s Influence Operation




Alleged Russian agent Mariia Butina was indicted this week on two very serious charges: conspiring against the U.S. and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.  
Butina was captured on camera at a 2015 Las Vegas libertarian convention asking then-candidate Donald Trump about U.S. sanctions. She popped up at NRA events throughout the Midwest and at the National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. On the day of President Trump’s inauguration, Butina even sent a selfie to her alleged handler, Russian Central Bank official Alexander Torshin, of her beaming near the U.S. Capitol building.
Many of those interactions, like her run-ins with short-lived GOP candidates Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, were just embarrassing photo ops for those politicians she was allegedly targeting. But some of the connections—like her intimate relationship with GOP operative Paul Erickson and her association with former NRA president David Keene—were involved and forged over years. 
As the Washington Post and others have documented, Russia used religion and guns to make inroads with the American conservative community. According to court documents, Butina also used sexual favors as a lure, allegedly offering sex for a position at a special interest organization.
Infographic by Christine Frapech
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GOP Complicity
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A word of caution: Be careful of the Libertarian. They appear as nothing more than conservatives who have contempt for being called Republican. Make no mistake they are as conservative as some Trump supporters and many harbor tenets of that American social disease called business owners rights to refuse service. There is nothing progressive about their support for the rights of the private business owner over human rights and Civil Rights. If you need an example I offer three: Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and Edward Snowden. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party candidate in two recent elections and major pothead, draws votes from the more gullible in the nation.

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