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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Russia's foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on "fabricated charges" and should be released. Sergei Lavrov made the comments about Maria Butina in a phone call to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was aimed at improving bilateral relations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement in the wake of the recent summit in Helsinki.

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If Trump sets this Russian spy free to return to Russia, then the jig is up, and impeachment HAS to be on the table.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-07-21 04:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I'll bet they cave.

It'll be the final indicator that the US has ceased to be truly self governing.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2018-07-21 05:55 PM | Reply

The US spies on other countries so we should just ignore foreign spies, right?

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-21 09:24 PM | Reply

#2

I think the more likely scenario is Russia will arrest one of ours then trade releases. It happened with that other Russian woman spy and many times before her.

#4 | Posted by et_al at 2018-07-21 10:09 PM | Reply

Either way, this confirms that the NRA has been infiltrated or conspiring with Russia.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-22 01:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I think the more likely scenario is Russia will arrest one of ours then trade releases. It happened with that other Russian woman spy and many times before her.

#4 | POSTED BY ET_AL

I hope (I guess) that that's the case.

But I'm no longer assuming that past norms will hold true under this administration.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2018-07-22 01:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#6

I'm with you on that.

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2018-07-22 02:14 AM | Reply

"I think the more likely scenario is Russia will arrest one of ours then trade releases. It happened with that other Russian woman spy and many times before her."

Trump will give up the identity of one of our spies just to ensure that the Russians have someone to arrest and trade.

#8 | Posted by dibblda at 2018-07-22 03:34 AM | Reply

Now that it's been confirmed that Trump is playing second banana to Putin from The Russian Annex operating out of the Oval Office, I think we can expect a gradual increase in "requests" on the same pretext as improving relations.

They've got Trump right where they want him.

I know this is all going to come to a head sooner or later and Trump will eventually overplay his hand but in the meantime it's stomach churning to watch.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-22 06:45 AM | Reply

If the Russians even care about the freedom of this woman then she knows things that the Russians don't want us to know. They do not care about her, they only care about what she knows. And what she could tell us.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-22 08:50 AM | Reply

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Trump will let her flee.

Count on it.

MAGA

#11 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-07-22 10:19 AM | Reply

Does anyone here believe that the thoughts of our Sec. of State are communicated to the people of Russia? Lavrov is, as we well know, a blatant liar. Why are his thoughts even conveyed through the American press? The thought that he actually entered the Oval Office makes Trump look like a stooge.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-22 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

trump in the oval office beating on the desk with his shoe and screaming at the DOJ, "we will bury you"

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-07-22 10:51 AM | Reply

trump in the oval office beating on the desk with his shoe and screaming at the DOJ, "we will bury you"

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2018

Trumpites won't get the reference, ABLOCK.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2018-07-22 10:56 AM | Reply

Trumpites won't get the reference, ABLOCK.
............................#14 | POSTED BY ZED

and therein lies our greatest problem and their greatest strength

#15 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-07-22 11:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Ignorance is strength."

Trumpites.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-22 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#16 | POSTED BY DANNI

"Truth is a Lie"
"War is Peace"

Big Brother

#17 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-07-22 11:47 AM | Reply

We have always been at war with Eurasia. We have never been at war with East Asia.

Drink the koolaid. Drink.

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-07-22 12:35 PM | Reply

Where is Vietnam and Japan? And Korea? Now remind me of any war we have ever had in Eurasia.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-22 01:22 PM | Reply

Trump needs to tell Lavrov that he doesn't take orders from him, he only takes them from Putin. Have some pride Donald, don't take orders from subordinates.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-22 02:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The State Department's account of the phone call does not mention Butina specifically. But I guess on this one we take Lavrov's word who continues to call on the US to release their spy (unregistered lobbyist?). www.google.com

Butina has been meeting with US officials (and not just lobbying groups) since at least 2015. I guess it took getting a new sheriff in town to finally nab her. www.google.com

#21 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-07-22 02:47 PM | Reply

#21 | POSTED BY NUKE_GENTLY

The exact sheriff she was lobbying for; irony thick.

#22 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-07-22 04:02 PM | Reply

I'm sure she *knows* what will happen to her if and when she is returned to Russia. As was noted, she must know something for the Russians to be so eager to get her back and it must be important. I betcha she will refuse to be repatriated and spill what she knows. Of course there could always be the Polonium in her daily gruel...

#23 | Posted by paltroon1 at 2018-07-22 09:18 PM | Reply

PALTROONI

What makes you think she was ever an expat?

#24 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-23 06:13 AM | Reply

Maybe because she was in the US on a student visa to get her masters at American University?

#25 | Posted by Nuke_gently at 2018-07-23 07:25 AM | Reply

Try her convict her (if found guilty) and trade her for Snowden.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-23 12:54 PM | Reply

You mean this russian agent?

Accused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials under Obama
July 22, 2018

REUTERS:

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.

The meetings, revealed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report from a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, Fed vice chairman at the time, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.

#27 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-07-23 02:35 PM | Reply

#27 Aslo from the Reuters article:

Fischer and Sheets met with many international banking officials as part of their official duties.

The Treasury Department in April imposed sanctions on Torshin and a number of other Russian businessmen and government officials in Putin's inner circle.

www.reuters.com

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-23 02:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Also from the article:

"The meetings with Fischer and Sheets were arranged by the Center for the National Interest, a Washington foreign policy think tank that is supportive of efforts to improve U.S.-Russia relations. Paul Saunders, its executive director, in December 2016 urged then President-elect Donald Trump to ease tensions with Russia."

The Center for the National Interest

"is a Washington, D.C.-based public policy think tank. The Center was established by former U.S. President Richard Nixon on January 20, 1994 as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom.[2] The group changed its name to The Nixon Center in 1998. In 2001 the Center acquired The National Interest, a bimonthly journal, in which it tends to promote the realist perspective on foreign policy. The Center's President is Dimitri K. Simes. In March 2011, it was renamed the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI)."
en.wikipedia.org

Dimitri K. Simes (born Dmitry Kostantinovich Simis, Russian: Дмитрий Константинович Симис; October 29, 1947) is president and CEO of The Center for the National Interest and publisher of its foreign policy bi-monthly magazine, The National Interest. Simes was selected to lead the Center in 1994 by former President Richard Nixon, to whom he served as an informal foreign policy advisor and with whom he traveled regularly to Russia and other former Soviet states as well as Western and Central Europe.
en.wikipedia.org

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-23 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

More evidence that Russians have been trying to corrupt the US government for years. They got a few GOPers, but hit the jackpot with Trumps election.

The richest man in the world controls 90% of the nukes. Well done comrade. Some will want to bow down before him.

#30 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-23 03:12 PM | Reply

The richest man in the world controls 90% of the nukes. Well done comrade. Some will want to bow down before him.

#30 | Posted by bored

Who would that be?

#31 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-07-23 06:23 PM | Reply

If Trump sets this Russian spy free to return to Russia, then the jig is up, and impeachment HAS to be on the table.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf

If the republican party had a shred of responsibily, ethics, or patriotism, you'd be right. But they dont. They just like to worship the american flag while serving america's enemies.

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-07-23 07:17 PM | Reply

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