Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, December 14, 2018

Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who became enmeshed in Republican politics during the 2016 election, has pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy against the United States by acting as an agent of the Russian Federation.

Advertisement

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

"With U.S. Person 1's assistance and subject to Russian Official's direction, Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics," the agreement states. "Butina sought to use those official lines of communication for the benefit of the Russian Federation, acting through Russian Official."

Butina was closely associated with the National Rifle Association.

Everything is collapsing around the NRA, GOP and White House. RICO charges are likely not too far behind as Mueller already knows way more than is yet public. Russia funneled money to GOP PACs and candidates through Russians holding dual citizenships with Putin's and the government's consent along with injecting other dark money through the NRA. These actions are directly tied to both McConnell and Ryan along with the RNC and Preibus when he was in charge. The truth is coming out.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-12-13 02:13 PM | Reply

"Hey! Where the Right Folks at???"
- apologies to Blazing Saddles

#2 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-12-14 07:26 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

I guess Russian dressing is the secret sauce on them nothingburgers.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-12-14 09:02 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

#2

With bombshells dropping all around like the Blitz, this one isn't getting the attention it deserves. This proves that the Russians had active campaigns to infiltrate and influence the 2016 Presidential election on behalf of the Republican Party and at minimum one of its largest campaign donors and supporter group the NRA. Here is collusion and coordination plead guilty to by an agent of the Russian government who maintained direct contact to Kremlin-connected superiors.

And this discovery did not come from Mueller's investigation, it came from another FBI counterintelligence operation started prior to the 2016 campaigns. So again, why are there so many Russians running around making contact with Republican political operatives?

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-12-14 09:16 AM | Reply

no one ever said confessing to a crime makes you automatically guilty

------ The "conservative" DR "Rule of Law" clowns

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-12-14 01:43 PM | Reply

Court drawing looks like Eric trump with a pony tail.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-12-14 01:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

Seems like the NothingBurger vendors steer clear of these threads now.

#7 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2018-12-14 01:55 PM | Reply


@#4 ... So again, why are there so many Russians running around making contact with Republican political operatives? ...

Maybe because there were so many Republicans and Republican organizations willing to talk and work with them?

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-14 02:04 PM | Reply

"@#4 ... So again, why are there so many Russians running around making contact with Republican political operatives? ... "

First Amendment is why.

Freedom of speech is what affords the Russians -- or anyone with money fir that matter -- to gain purchase in our pay to play political regime.

But of course right-wingers will deny it, just like they deny the Second Amendment is why we have so much gun violence.

This seems a lot harder to deny, though. There's literally a paper trail showing "Pay" followed by "Play."

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-14 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

(Which also explains why the right-wingers can't let go of their baseless, decades-old Clinton Foundation pay to play false narrative.)

(Hi JeffJ!)

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-14 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Advertisement

Advertisement

I thought this was all "very legal and very cool."

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-14 02:18 PM | Reply

I am going to wager that for the GOP her boyish good looks was the appeal.

the chick isn't even cute

#12 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-12-14 02:19 PM | Reply

Sanity left the building when Citizens United was deemed constitutional. Look no further than the NRA. And the rules can be utilized to benefit either party...do you really believe Dem leadership doesn't have its' eye on the cash too? the excuse that they do it so we Have to do it too, to remain competitive. we've been legislated to the point that we can't get doctors for all our sick children. Infrastructure...jobs that pay a living wage. IT'S ABOUT TIME TO THROW THEIR TEA IN THE HARBOUR.

#13 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-14 02:33 PM | Reply

So it's official - the NRA is a russian money laundering and influence peddling organization.

Yet not a single repub is upset about it.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-14 02:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Op-Ed: Russian agent NRA links change intelligence ball game
www.digitaljournal.com

...There's no suggestion that the NRA was aware of Russian intelligence operations or cooperated with the Russians, but it's not a good look, in intelligence terms. Butina's character as a "gun activist" is pretty shallow in so many ways. Doesn't the NRA get a bit more interested when somebody pushes all their right buttons, and just happens to come from a nation which is historically essentially hostile to the US? Or is all that actual thinking too much trouble? Comes to that, didn't anyone get a bit suspicious that foreigners were so apparently well placed to play a role in a US election? The GOP obviously didn't, either.

Organizations typically have a vast network of contacts, and the NRA, with its massive nationwide political and corporate network of direct links, would be a very good place to set up shop for any intelligence operation. The NRA is directly plugged in to the Republican party, arms sales, media, and a virtual shopping list of influential people in Washington. ...


#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-14 02:38 PM | Reply

#12

She's certainly no Natasha Fatale.

www.youtube.com

However the NRA/GOP make a good Bullwinkle.... intellectually. They don't quite have his moose-ish charm, though.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-14 02:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"Yet not a single repub is upset about it"

Priorities you know. school lunches are a far safer space for them to fabricate their nonsense now a day

#17 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-12-14 02:42 PM | Reply

#16 | POSTED BY CORKY

I don't hold to much to be sacred, but BullWinkle...my god man, have you no shame

#18 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-14 02:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

#18

hahaha! Thanks for that. I added "his moose-ish charm", but I understand your devotion.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-14 02:48 PM | Reply

#19 | POSTED BY CORKY

I could never figure out how he got all that stuff in his hat?

#20 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-14 02:53 PM | Reply

#19 | POSTED BY CORKY

I remember them well..rocky and Bullwinkle/mr.peabody and poindexter were the first cartoons that had a definite MAD magazine vibe. I'd bet that if you had some 20/30/40 year olds watch them now, they'd miss 90% of the subtle cold war specific innuendoes. 2 more greats...Duckman and Rocco's modern life

#21 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-14 03:03 PM | Reply

It was a size 7 1/2, he said, but I could never figure out how he got those antlers in there.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-14 03:04 PM | Reply


Of Moose and Men - The Story of Rocky and Bullwinkle
www.youtube.com

#23 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-14 03:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Boris and Natasha Trump

www.youtube.com

Song is catchy. Bubba as Bullwinkle, Hil as Rocket J.

.

btw, June Foray, Voice Of Rocket J. Squirrel and Natasha Fatale, Dead At 99

www.cartoonbrew.com

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-14 03:19 PM | Reply

"Doesn't the NRA get a bit more interested when somebody pushes all their right buttons, and just happens to come from a nation which is historically essentially hostile to the US? Or is all that actual thinking too much trouble? Comes to that, didn't anyone get a bit suspicious that foreigners were so apparently well placed to play a role in a US election? The GOP obviously didn't, either."

It's real simple.
The NRA got groomed.
The GOP got groomed.

Part of the reason they didn't think it could happen to thrm is they've been grooming cads like JeffJ and Sniper for the past 35 years. They never saw it coming.

The GOP/NRA are what you call "smart marks" which actually makes it easier to play a confidence game on them since they're so sure it could never happen to them.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-14 04:01 PM | Reply

she used sex as part of an alleged effort to infiltrate powerful conservative groups and build relationships with prominent Americans...

Russian Beaver! International Mystery! Someone call Tom Clancy! stat!

#26 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2018-12-14 06:08 PM | Reply

"she used sex as part of an alleged effort to infiltrate powerful conservative groups and build relationships with prominent Americans..."

This actually worked on the GOP?
Did they think she was a man???

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-14 06:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Russian Beaver! International Mystery! Someone call Tom Clancy! stat!

#26 | Posted by AuntieSocial

hell yeah!

But, NO COLLUSION!!!

(just a little Russian synergy on the side)

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-14 06:30 PM | Reply

The name game
Butina
Butina, Tina bo Bina Bonana Fanna fo Putin
Fee fy mo Mina, Butina!

(oops, not sure how Putin got in there...)

#29 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-16 11:36 AM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2019 World Readable

Drudge Retort