According to her Twitter account, Maria Butina is the Founder & Board Member of “The Right to Bear Arms.” She has gained influence on the right for her gun advocacy, even getting a push from powerful conservatives like Grover Norquist.
Here's Butina's own account posting a photo of her about to ring a Liberty Bell replica with former NRA president Jim Porter.
Trump even took a question from Butina once.
According to the DOJ, Maria Butina is a Russian spy. They arrested her and charged her with acting as an unregistered foreign agent. There is a lot of information here, and like Friday’s indictment of 12 Russian Intelligence Officers, it is most important not because of what it tells us about the Russians, but what it shows us from the American (Republican) side of this vast conspiracy. Here are the 10 things you need to know from yesterday’s indictment.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.