Mariia Butina, Woman Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent – The New York Times “working through NRA operative.”

The charges were filed by Justice Department national security prosecutors, not the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whom Mr. Trump has accused of carrying out a witch hunt.

The Justice Department said that Ms. Butina has worked at the behest of an unidentified high-level Russian government official, who has been previously identified as Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime.