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NYT: Accused Russian Agent Tried to Arrange Jet Fuel Deal With Wife of Former NRA Head

NYT: Accused Russian Agent Tried to Arrange Jet Fuel Deal With Wife of Former NRA Head
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By    |   Sunday, 02 September 2018 10:23 PM

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina tried to conduct a jet fuel deal with the wife of former National Rifle Association president David Keene, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

According to hundreds of emails obtained by the Times, Donna Keene, a powerful Washington lobbyist in her own right, asked Butina and her then-boyfriend GOP operative Paul Erickson to secure five million barrels of jet fuel for $1 million.

Butina is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy and illegally acting as an agent of the Russian government.

Prosecutors accuse Butina of attempting to infiltrate organizations with close ties to the Republican Party, such as the NRA, as a way to run a secret influence campaign for the Russian government, according to The Hill.

But Butina’s lawyer Robert Driscoll said the emails are proof that his client was acting out of self-interest while in the United States and not on behalf of the Russian government as prosecutors have claimed, according to the Times.

The emails show that Erickson helped Butina write emails to Keene and that Butina presented herself as a middle-man between Russian businessmen and her contacts in the U.S., writing in one email, "I keep the details of all sides."

In the end, the deal did not work out, because Erickson and Butina could not secure the amount of fuel Keene was looking for, according to the Times.

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Accused Russian agent Maria Butina tried to conduct a jet fuel deal with the wife of former National Rifle Association president David Keene, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
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