Oops! Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina met with Obama officials in 2015

Desperate Trump-haters, searching for something – anything! – to show that the Trump administration is in bed with Vladimir Putin seized on the news a week ago that a young Russian named Maria Butina had been indicted for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), or, in the words of the DOJ, for "conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General." Here at last was a face – and a red-headed female one, to boot – to attach to the charges of treason being thrown around by the likes of John Brennan. So intense was the fever that their dream had come true that, as Bre Payton reported in The Federalist: In the wake of Donald Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, members of the media mistook a Trump administration staffer for a Russian spy. Emily Singer, a senior political reporter for Mic, tweeted...(Read Full Post)