Recent court filings show that the Russian agent accused of attempting to affect American firearms policy, is setting up to plead guilty.
Maria Butina seems to have struck a deal with U.S. prosecutors, although it’s unclear what that deal entails.
The former American University graduate is suspected of following the guidance of a Russian official to manipulate two U.S. citizens into gaining access to the inner workings of the National Rifle Association. Wherein she could attempt to influence the group and its political association to promote policy that would be beneficial to Russia.
CNN reports that she is working with prosecutors and this will could lead to a reduced sentence before she would likely be deported back to Russia.
While Butina has shown support for President Trump in the past, it has not been considered to tie in with the investigation of collusion being conducted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller. For this reason Butina is being prosecuted in Washington by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the National Security Division.