Patrick Lalley digs the Maria Butina story. He invited me on KSOO Radio this afternoon for a full segment on the arrested Russian agent, her connection with Republican operative and South Dakota native Paul Erickson, GOP Congressional candidate Dusty Johnson, and their Kremlin connection.
Our conversation begins at 34:10.
Lalley also mentioned Seth Tupper’s solid coverage of the Butina-Erickson-Johnson affair. See Tupper’s latest (including Johnson’s statement that Erickson offered Butina as a speaker at Johnson’s Teenage Republican camp speaker), as well as Tupper’s really good February 11, 2018, dig into Erickson’s background and connections to the Trump-Russia probe.
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From the “You can’t make this stuff up” department, wingnut leaders and WSJ blasted the DOJ and Rosenstein for releasing the indictments of 12 Russians right before the big Summit. Government interference and all that rot.
Turns out, Drumpf gave the go ahead on the indictments thinking it would strengthen his hand with Putin.
Comrade trump does not who to stroke, his boy Putin or his boy in Israel. So do you keep taking the money from the Jewish State for his son in law or do you keep taking the money and the vote from Pootie Putin. Maybe both.
“Touting his success in talking US President Donald Trump into leaving the Iran Deal at a closed Likud conference on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We convinced the president of the United States to stand up to the whole world against the agreement (JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]) and now the Iranian regime.”
Emphasizing the danger is not with the Iranian people but with the Iranian government, Netanyahu added: “Not the Iranian people – we have nothing against them.” https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Netanyahu-takes-credit-for-Trump-leaving-Iran-Deal-562749?jnid=Wb3ARRpAv7&utm_source=Jeeng
I followed the links and read the articles, letters, etc. The GOP and Pootie are entwined like a vine growing up a trellis. It’s not going to go well for Erickson, another narcissistic white boy who thinks he’s above the law.
They can release the children and weed smokers from prisons to make room for all the crooked Repubs.
And there’s boffing: Washington Post reports tonight that in testimony to Senate Intel last April, Maria Butina said she and Paul Erickson were lovers:
And Butina was coming back to South Dakota soon:
Great Gaia! It’s as tawdry as it sounded the first time! And we’re still in the story! Is Paul Erickson in town? Who was going to meet Maria at the airport? What influencers did Paul have lined up for her to meet this time?
You know, TARs Camp is next week. Maybe Dusty was having Maria back as a full-time counselor.
From that same WaPo article, we learn that Paul Erickson “lobbied for a role in Trump’s transition team and complained after the election when he ran into a problem with his security clearance….” He might have had trouble getting that clearance because the FBI had been watching Butina since August 2016 and probably knew at that time of her relationship with Erickson.
Butina’s LinkedIn page describes the master’s degree she completed in May at American University in D.C.: “The chief focus of Butina’s master’s degree in International Service is a concentration in cyber policy, the “internet of things”, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.”
That’s funny. In a grim, ironic/tragic way.
The Trace finds Butina shoulder to shoulder with Wayne LaPierre at the 2014 NRA convention.
They’ll have to release the children and weed smokers from prisons to make room for all the crooked Repubs.
I fixed it for you, Debbo. T minus 5 days and counting.
Of course she was having romantic relations with the ugliest Republicans with power. That’s what sparrows are trained to do. Here’s a teaser …
It’s not a real news story until there’s boffing.
I knew she’d be back in the news, but who knew that she was such a classic spy, an OBVIOUS spy. Paul Erickson needs to be arrested like, yesterday.
As the information unfolds, it will be interesting to see how many South Dakota GOP men were lead around by their……uh hem, guns and other “things”, by this Red Sparrow
Classic, obvious spy is an understatement. And her targets are stereotypes of a spy target. If we read this in a spy novel we would laugh and toss the book aside because it was too simplistic. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Oh yeah, and the FBI says in today’s court papers that “Butina has been in contact with Russia’s FSB intelligence agency “throughout her entire time” in the United States.”
From the government’s motion today to detain Butina pre-trial, since she “presents an extreme risk of flight”:
A: right now, Paul Erickson is cranking Bob Seger: “I used her, she used me, neither one cared….”
B: Access to funds? Lease runs out July 31? Maybe Maria Butina is actually Angela Sparrow, the mysterious gal with the $1.3-million SNAP contract. :-D
The plot thickens … guess where Maria and ex-lover Paulie were headed?
~ from WasingtonPost 52 minutes ago …
– FBI agents in March spotted her dining with a Russian diplomat who is “suspected by the United States Government of being a Russian intelligence officer.”
– “Butina complained about living with U.S. Person 1 and expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate with U.S. Person 1.”
– Investigators believed she may have intended to go to Erickson’s home state of South Dakota before she was arrested.
Guns and good looking women always does it for them good ol boys. South Dakota Republican men couldn’t Resist being attracted by her sexy accent and her hot little petite body. And her values, those good wholesome conservative values along with her love for America’s second amendment . She had the whole package and those SD good ol boys were swept away by her irresistibility.
Nick is right, this plays like your typical Hollywood spy movie!
Yeah, the FBI learned Buttina was heading for SouDakota, where it would be more difficult to keep tabs on her.
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@Jenny … She’s not hot enough for liberals to look twice. :0) Men or women.
Porter, let’s not hastily generalize….
Butina wired 5k to Russia and packed her bags. SoDak was just a head fake.
Great detail how the FBI would have lost info had they taken possession of and moved all 140 DNC servers. Even I could get the drift.
Nick Nemec: Truth is stranger than fiction! Amen.