Maria Butina to plead guilty to conspiracy, accused Russian agent flips to help investigations

This spells doom for Trump and the NRA. Paul Erickson, hope the sex was fantastic.

Maria Butina, 30, was either a perky gun nut with a fetish for sex-starved GOP losers, or a secret agent in Russia's covert influence operation to influence the 2016 United States elections.

We had a pretty good idea. But now we know. And she's flipping.

Today Maria Butina's lawyers said she agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations.

"The agreement, which Butina signed on Saturday, Dec. 8, also notes that the conspiracy charge carries ... up to five years in prison, but the deal could see Butina receive a lesser sentence, depending on the level of her cooperation, before likely being deported back to Russia."

Previous reporting links her to the NRA.

The already broke NRA is now in extremely deep shit.

Butina is reported to have admitted, as part of the deal copy obtained by ABC News that is expected to be filed to the court, that....

She and an unnamed “U.S. Person 1,” which sources have identified as longtime Republican operative Paul Erickson, with whom she had a multiyear romantic relationship, “agreed and conspired, with a Russian government official (“Russian Official”) and at least one other person, for Butina to act in the United States under the direction of Russian Official without prior notification to the Attorney General.”

Based on the description, the “Russian Official” appears to be Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Russian Central Bank and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Under his direction, the agreement said, she “sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.”

The agreement, which Butina signed on Saturday, Dec. 8, also notes that the conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, but the deal could see Butina receive a lesser sentence, depending on the level of her cooperation, before likely being deported back to Russia.

It is unclear what Butina’s cooperation might entail, but federal prosecutors have reportedly notified Erickson that he is a target of an ongoing investigation. The target letter sent to Erickson is from federal prosecutors in Washington, sources familiar with the case told ABC News, and separate from any South Dakota-based federal fraud investigation into his business dealings that has been the subject of earlier media reports.

Read the rest of the reporting at ABC News.

Anyone seen “Sheriff” David Clarke lately?

Also, from back in July, “We now know 'U.S. Person 2' is George O’Neill Jr, an heir to the Rockefeller fortune.” Outgoing California congressman Dana 'I love Russia' Rohrabacher was also implicated, and it's possible any of her forthcoming cooperation could impact them both. Watch both of their names as Butina's case unfolds. They are in big trouble.

Maria Butina, presumed Russian agent, and Paul Erickson, GOP political operative, pictured in an undated personal photo first published by ABC News.

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