Was FBI-staged Russian ‘honeytrap' the only ‘deep state' anti-Trump plot?
Added 08-23-19 08:37:02pm EST - “Revelations by former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne about ?Russian agent' Maria Butina are yet another dot in the pattern of behavior by US intelligence agencies who were involved in the ?Russiagate' conspiracy.” - Rt.com
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Butina is the Russian pro-gun activist who after months of solitary confinement confessed to being an “unregistered foreign agent” in 2016. To federal prosecutors and the media, her involvement with the US gun lobby and Republican circles during the early days of the Trump campaign seemed like evidence that Moscow was sending agents to “meddle” in the US.
Prosecutors even falsely accused Butina of using “sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization,” and the media lapped it up, regurgitating every Cold War spy fiction trope they could in sensationalist headlines.
“Sex and schmoozing are common Russian spy tactics. Publicity makes Maria Butina different,” read a USA Today banner last year. ABC News described her as a “Real life ‘Red Sparrow’,” a reference to a graphic ‘Soviet sexpionage' novel adapted into a gruesome movie.
To hear Byrne tell it, however, Butina may have been the prey and not the hunter. In a series of interviews on Thursday, following his resignation from Overstock, Byrne said he had been approached by the FBI and asked to “rekindle a romantic relationship” with Butina to gather information on the young activist. Byrne said he was “specifically told” that the order came down from then-FBI Director James Comey himself.
Comey, you may recall, was fired by Trump in May 2017 on recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. This triggered calls for the appointment of special counsel – the job that went to Comey’s friend Robert Mueller. Both Comey and Rosenstein were involved in “spying” on the Trump campaign via adviser Carter Page, using FISA federal warrants predicated largely on the so-called Steele Dossier, a collection of claims paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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