Justice Dept seeks to detain alleged Russian agent

No grounds for arrest of suspected Russian agent in U.S., Russia's foreign ministry says

No grounds for arrest of suspected Russian agent in U.S., Russia's foreign ministry says

The filing also says that Butina viewed her relationship with "U.S. Person 1" as a "necessary aspect of her activities" and that she expressed disdain for having to live with him.

Butina's attorney, Robert Driscoll, said she is not a Russian agent and poses no flight risk.

But court documents outlining the charges against her argue she presents "an extreme risk of flight" and should be held in custody while she awaits trial.

She told colleagues at the American University graduate school in Washington, where she was a student, that she had a almost direct line to Russian leader Vladimir Putin - which was true.

In a new court filing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges that Butina during her time in the United States cohabitated with an unidentified 56-year-old man as part of her cover while conducting her work in the United States.

"I believe I would get along very nicely with Putin. I don't think you need the [economic] sanctions" imposed on Russian Federation after its annexation of Crimea.

Butina's attorney, Robert Driscoll, argued that his client was arrested as she was packing to move to South Dakota, and that she was willing to postpone that move and check in regularly if she were released. He also disclosed that she had testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session earlier this year.

Court records did not name the people with whom she allegedly conspired.

She's scheduled to appear in Washington federal court later on Wednesday (July 18).

An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Kevin Helson said that before and after her August 2016 arrival, she served as a special assistant to a "high-level official" in the Russian government who was previously a member of the Russian legislature and later a top official at the Russian central bank.

World Cup host Putin gives Trump a ball
Bush and Central Intelligence Agency director under former president Barack Obama, said it amounted to an impeachable act. And John Brennan, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under former president George W.

However, the description of the Russian official closely matches that of Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia's Central Bank who was sanctioned in April.

That included offering sex to get a job in a United States lobbying group, according to documents filed in court by the Department of Justice.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents described a long-term operation stretching back as far as 2011 when Torshin met then-NRA president David Keene, and Butina launched a mirror Russian gun rights group named The Right to Bear Arms.

It is not known from the filing what job Butina was seeking or whether her offer of sex in exchange for the job was accepted, however.

Butina told the Senate Intelligence Committee that she began a romantic relationship with Erickson, people familiar with her testimony said, and investigators believed she may have meant to go to Erickson's home state of South Dakota before she was arrested.

The FBI uncovered messages shared in March 2017 between Butina and the official, who is presumably Torshin, after media articles were published about her exploits as a gun rights activist. A university official confirmed that she's been enrolled at the American University School of International Service since fall 2016.

Butina's involvement in USA political affairs has also extended beyond the pro-gun camp.

She is suspected of gathering intelligence on US officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin.

Prosecutors also showed a handwritten note found at Butina's apartment referencing an employment offer from a Russian intelligence agency and a photo of her standing in front of the US Capitol on the day of President Trump's inauguration.

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