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Criminal complaint unsealed today in DC charges Russian national Mariia Butina [linked to Trump & the NRA] with conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia in the US: "worked at the direction of a high-level Russian official [Torshin]."
@Kris_Sacrebleu #Maddow
The Russian official [Torshin] & Butina conspired to develop relationships with US persons & politicians and to infiltrate organizations having influence in US politics [the NRA], to advance the Russian Federation's interest in the US government.
‘US Person 1’ is an American political operative [GOP operative Paul Erickson, closely linked to the NRA] with whom Butina established contact with in 2013. He gave Butina entrée to persons having influence in Amercan politics, including members of the NRA.
Recall Erickson's May 2016 'Kremlin Connection' email to Trump campaign official Rick Dearborn: “Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Trump...extends invitation for Trump to visit him in the Kremlin before the election."
The FBI’s investigation revealed that Mariia Butina & the Russian official [Torshin] developed relationships with American politicians to establish backchannels which the Kremlin could use to penetrate the US national decision making apparatus to advance Russia’s agenda.
ICYMI: Mariia Butina bragged that she helped connect the Trump campaign with the Kremlin and that the Russian official [Torshin], who requested that Trump meet with him during the May 2016 NRA convention, met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016.
ICYMI: The Russian official in Buttina's indictment [Torshin, a Russian crime syndicate 'godfather' who exchanged emails w/Kushner] was on Trump's guest list for the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast until a WH national security staffer flagged him.
The Russian official in Buttina's criminal complaint [Torshin, deputy governor of the Russian central bank who's linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime], came to US & observed voting in 2012 presidential election.
@jennycohn1 #Maddow
Russian gun rights advocate Maria Butina [linked to the NRA], who was arrested Sunday, asked Trump about US-Russia relations at his Jul 2015 town hall meeting.

“I know Putin," Trump responded, in the first of his many pro-Putin campaign statements
US Person 2 in Maria Butina's indictment, who emailed with her re a “Russian backdoor overture & dinner invite,” might be conservative Christian activist Rick Clay, host of the dinner, who emailed Trump official Dearborn re a Trump-Torshin meeting.
Predictably, Putin's favorite congressman, @RepRohrabacher, attended the Feb 1 Russian 'friendship & dialogue dinner' [at Bistro Bis] listed in Maria Butina's indictment. Also in attendance: another GOP Congressmen & a close friend of Steve Bannon.
^^ THREAD: More info on the indictment of NRA-linked Russian gun activist Maria Butina [linked to the Trump campaign].
@Kris_Sacrebleu @JoyceWhiteVance @MsMariaT @maddow @Lazertrade @sharmila819 @MrJonCryer @Delavegalaw @3L3V3NTH @WendySiegelman @peterjukes @B52Malmet @toshea66
Watch: At a Jul 15, 2015 town hall in Las Vegas, Trump calls on now-indicted Maria Butina, who asks him about US-Russia relations.

“I know Putin. I’ll tell you what: we get along," Trump says, in the first of his many pro-Putin campaign comments.
US Person 2 is likely Rockefeller scion & conservative activist George O'Neill, who hosted above mentioned Feb 2017 dinner attended by, among others, Maria Butina, Torshin, Erickson & Putin's favorite congressman, Rohrabacher.
Amazing catch by @cjcmichel.
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