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Monday, December 10, 2018

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina appears to have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.




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Still no smocking gun, says Individual 1.
No collusion either. Mueller, take a breather!
I'm trying to run a country here. This stuff's causing FLOTUS great fear.
Vlad is gonna lose his mind. That look on his face last time we dined
Says he's gonna kick my behind.

#1 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-10 11:55 AM | Reply

Why is there a pic of Andrea at the link?

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-10 12:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Russia's Butina Tells Judge She Wants to Change ‘Not Guilty' Plea

...Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who befriended leaders of the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party and then was accused of acting as an undeclared agent of the Kremlin, has decided to change her plea of not guilty....

While she was studying in the U.S. on a student visa in 2016 and 2017, the FBI said, Butina was actually working to advance the interests of Russia, reporting in regularly to an unnamed senior government official.

In the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Butina emerged as a kind of gadfly, chatting with Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin at an NRA convention in 2015 and attending the launch of his presidential campaign a few months later....

Prosecutors have said that some of the millions of pages of evidence backing their case against Butina remain under seal because they relate to ongoing investigations....

I wonder what those "ongoing investigations" are.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-10 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yes, LampLighter, a fellow does wonder. One might also wonder what's in those "millions of pages of evidence." I imagine you could make quite a few nothing burgers out of them.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-10 01:05 PM | Reply

"Still no smocking gun"

Yeah, but remember the old adage:

Where there's smock, there's covfefe.

#5 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-12-10 01:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 13 | Newsworthy 2

Nothing to see here, just more wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left.

---ROC, Bozo, Snippy, Fester, Jeffy, etc., etc...

#6 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-12-10 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... One might also wonder ...

Another thing to wonder... is she cooperating, i.e., sharing information, with the prosecutors?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-10 02:56 PM | Reply

Damn, she's a total buther face! She must have a smoking bod, or these GOnP'ers like ugly women. If a female spy is going to take me down, she better be much hotter than this.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-12-10 03:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is a first. I just gave Monson a NW flag.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-10 03:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I keep hearing James Bond soundtrack lyrics...

I wasn't lookin' but somehow you found me
It tried to hide from your love light
But like heaven above me
The spy who loved me
Is keepin' all my secrets safe tonight

I imagine a few NRA/Putin-loving conspirators might need to change the final line to "is spillin' all my secrets here tonight..."

#10 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-10 04:21 PM | Reply



maria butina is a MAN, baby!

#11 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-12-10 04:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

Like all of the great Russian skanks, Maria has a voluminous bladder. Buh-lieve me.

~ Putin's -------- ~

#12 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-12-10 04:36 PM | Reply

And still not a word about how she was using the NRA to funnel russian money to republicans, because putin wants to bring down america and knows republicans are worse for america than democrats.


More evidence emerges on the NRA's Russia connection.

In January, McClatchy reported that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether the National Rifle Association was a conduit for money from Russia to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. In a follow-up report on Monday, the outlet indicated that a clearer picture was emerging of possible connections.

"Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin's inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source," Peter Stone and Greg Gordon of McClatchy write. "The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential bid."

Torshin, now under sanction by the United States government, is a high-ranking official who serves as the deputy director of the Russian government's central bank. He is also under investigation by Spanish authorities for alleged connections with money laundering operations. Torshin has denied any connections to Russian mobsters or of funneling money to the NRA.

The NRA spent $30 million dollars on Trump's campaign in 2016 and another $40 million in various efforts to lobby and help elect Republicans. Much of this spending was dark money, making it difficult to trace the source and how it was spent.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-10 05:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Humpy's House of Cards is about to collapse.

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-10 05:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jamie Bond, she ain't.

Let the bad-mouthing tweets begin 'cause Trump doesn't like spies who get caught.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-12-10 06:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Maria Butina offered her russian vageena
to many an old republican perv
that russkie' slot got smokin' hot, says the NRA
the commie chick's got lots of nerve
but she's coppin' a plea today
I have a feelin' we'll hear more from Maria..the compromised russian red
and i have to wonder, who in the white house...
wishes the b itch was dead?

#16 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-10 10:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Maria needs the witness protection program, and fast.

#17 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-12-11 10:37 AM | Reply

Oh baby!

She likey the BIG BIG guns.

You know those dirty old republican gun nuts were just drooling and lusting after her fiery red Vejayjay... and her easy access to all them laundered Russian rubles.


#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-11 01:26 PM | Reply

I'd have never imagined the NRA would get into bed with Russia so fast.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2018-12-11 03:09 PM | Reply

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