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Overstock CEO Resigns Amid Fallout Over ‘Deep State’ Comments

The CEO of online retailer Overstock.com resigned abruptly Thursday amid fallout from his remarks last week about taking part in an FBI “deep state” operation against Russian national Maria Butina. Patrick Byrne said in a statement to shareholders that he is resigning because his presence at Overstock could complicated “all manner of business relationships.” Overstock’s shares fell sharply last week ...

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Maria Butina’s Attorney Says Feds Withheld Exculpatory Information Provided By FBI Informant

The CEO of Overstock.com says he provided the FBI with exculpatory information on Maria Butina, a Russian national who pleaded guilty to conspiring to work as a Russian agent. Butina’s attorney is accusing the FBI and federal prosecutors of improperly withholding the exculpatory information. Patrick Byrne, the Overstock executive, told Butina’s attorney and journalist Sara Carter that the FBI encouraged ...

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Russian National Maria Butina Sentenced To 9 More Months In Prison

Russian national Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge Dec. 13. She’ll get credit for nine months already served, reported The Hill. The Justice Department recommended an 18-month prison sentence for Butina April 19. Prosecutors claim she helped the Russian government by reporting back to Moscow on political figures in ...

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US Government Fears For Maria Butina’s Safety, Prosecutors Accidentally Reveal

Federal prosecutors accidentally disclosed on Friday that they fear for the safety of Maria Butina, the alleged Russian agent who is cooperating with the U.S. government. Prosecutors disclosed their concerns in a court filing that was intended to be filed under seal, out of public view. The document appeared briefly on the federal court system’s documents database and was spotted ...

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Does A Photo Show Trump Jr. With Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina?

The Occupy Democrats Facebook page shared a photo Tuesday that it said showed alleged Russian spy Maria Butina with President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. “Whatever you do, DON’T share this embarrassing newly-obtained photo of Donald Trump Jr. with Russian spy Maria Butina,” the meme said. Verdict: True Butina took a photo with Trump Jr. at a National Rifle ...

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Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy, pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with a Russian government official against the U.S. by attempting to infiltrate conservative political groups, including the National Rifle Association. Butina, 30, admitted in federal court on Thursday to operating in the U.S. “under the direction” of a Russian government official who is widely believed to be Alexander ...

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Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina Is Changing Her ‘Not Guilty’ Plea

Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian gun rights activist, is preparing to change her “not guilty” plea to charges that she worked as a foreign agent of the Kremlin in the U.S., her lawyers informed a federal judge on Monday. Butina’s attorney asked the judge presiding over the case for a change of plea hearing on Tuesday or Wednesday. “The parties ...

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All Signs Point To Plea Negotiations For Alleged Russian Agent, Maria Butina

A flurry of court filings over the past few weeks suggests that alleged Russian agent Maria Butina is nearing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Prosecutors and attorneys for Butina held an impromptu conference call on Thursday to discuss the status of the case. According to reporters present at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Butina’s lawyers said that a ...

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