Did John Bolton Lie About Working With Russian Spy on His Security Clearance Forms?

Dem Reps Press White House For Answers

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Business Insider: “Democrats are pushing the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, to turn over records related to President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and his work with Maria Butina, a woman now suspected of being a Russian agent.

In a Monday letter to Kelly, which was provided to Business Insider, Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts requested that Kelly ‘produce documents related to whether Bolton reported his previous work with this alleged Russian spy on his security clearance forms or other White House vetting materials prior to President Trump appointing him to his current position.'”

“The Justice Department filed a criminal complaint against Butina last month, accusing her of working as a Russian agent. Butina was the founder of a pro-gun group in Russia called Right to Bear Arms.

The US government has accused Butina of trying to gain access and influence with political groups in the US, including the National Rifle Association, as part of what it alleges was conspiracy on behalf of the Russian government.

In late 2013, Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, recorded a video with Butina promoting the expansion of gun rights in Russia.”

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