Oops, somebody has been naughty!
Courtesy of Rolling Stone:
Their love story may have bridged the divide between the plains of South Dakota and the wilds of Siberia, but the five-year romance between GOP consultant Paul Erickson and alleged Russian agent Maria Butina may be headed for a crack-up – leaving Erickson in legal jeopardy.
In a federal court filing, prosecutors allege that Butina has offered to flip on Erickson — who is also identified as “Person 1” in case documents. “Although the defense contends that the defendant is in a committed relationship with Person 1,” the feds write, “she recently offered to provide information to the government about his illegal activities.”
Erickson did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on allegations of wrongdoing. But elsewhere in the filing, prosecutors underscore that “there is an ongoing fraud investigation examining the activities of U.S. Person 1.” The federal document also states plainly: “U.S. Person 1 has aided the defendant’s charged criminal activity for years.” It elaborates that Erickson played an “integral role in the defendant’s efforts to establish an informal line of communication between the Kremlin and the incoming Presidential Administration, knowing that she was acting at the direction of the Russian Official.”
(Here is a picture of Butina with Paul Erickson.)
I just watched the Movie “Red Sparrow” recently, and while there is push back against the idea that Butina used sex to further her agenda, I would not ignore the Kremlin’s longtime use of those tactics.
Personally, I think we have only just started to learn what there is to learn about Maria Butina though a good start can be found in the Rolling Stone article “Inside the Decade-Long Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA and Help Elect Trump” which you can read by clicking here.