Here's Trump in 2015, suggesting to Maria Butina (Russian crime boss Alexander Torshin's special assistant) that he would lift sanctions on Russia.
"I believe I would get along very nicely with Putin… I don't think you'd need the sanctions."
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) January 18, 2018
In Week 86, @mcclatchy reported Mueller’s team likely had the info on who gave the $21MM of dark money via the @NRA to Trump’s campaign. The arrest of Russia’s Butina, who worked with Torshin, means Russia. It is illegal for foreigners to donate to a US election. $ trail got them
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 16, 2018
Maria Butina's arrest is a HUGE DEAL:
-Connected w/ NRA, which spent $30 million to elect Trump
-LLC partners w/ GOP operative Paul Erickson who advised Trump's transition
-Bragged she was part of Trump campaign’s communications w/ Russia
-Tried to set up Putin/Trump meeting
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) July 16, 2018
Today Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina was charged with acting as an agent of the Russian government. Paragraph 31 of the criminal complaint quotes an explosive email about establishing a "VERY private line of communication" between the Kremlin and GOP via the NRA: pic.twitter.com/X2VNHobBlQ
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) July 16, 2018
— Left Of Main Street (@LeftOfMainSt) July 16, 2018