Subject: Re: Woman Who Sought Secret Meeting for Drumpf and Putin Is Chargedas Russian Agent
> By Matt Apuzzo and Katie Benner
> July 16, 2018
> WASHINGTON — A Russian woman who tried to broker a pair of secret meetings
> between candidate Donald J. Drumpf and the Russian president, Vladimir V.
> Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign, was charged Monday and
> accused of carrying out a secret Russian effort to influence American
> The Justice Department said in court documents that the woman, Mariia
> Butina, worked to establish “back channel” lines of communication with
> American politicians. “These lines could be used by the Russian Federation
> to penetrate the U.S. national decision-making apparatus to advance the
> agenda of the Russian Federation.”
> Ms. Butina, whose first name is more commonly spelled Maria, twice tried
> to set up a meetings between Mr. Drumpf and Mr. Putin in 2016. The charges
> announced Monday do not name Mr. Drumpf but they make clear that Ms.
> Butina’s overtures were part of a Russian intelligence operation.
> The charges were announced just hours after Mr. Drumpf stood beside Mr.
> Putin and said he saw no reason the Russian leader would try to influence
> the presidential election. Mr. Drumpf’s own intelligence chiefs have
> concluded otherwise.
> The charges were filed by Justice Department national security
> prosecutors, not the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whom Mr.
> Drumpf has accused of carrying out a witch hunt.