Latest update adds Maria Butina grand jury indictment Indictment
|Maria Butina at National Prayer Breakfast.|
U.S. Justice Department officials announced that Butina, 29, a Russian citizen, who was living in Washington, D.C, was arrested July 16. She has a court hearing set for July 18. Through her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, Butina has denied the allegations of conspiracy and of failing to register as a foreign government agent.
This was buttressed by a massive social media campaign that law enforcement officers and U.S. lawmakers have alleged was used to divide U.S. citizens along racial and political lines.
Butina's arrests follows the recent indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of conducting "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election." The alleged illegal actions included hacking into email accounts of Democratic Party organizations and individuals. 12 Russians charged
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