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Butina’s testimony before senators to be released to her lawyers and prosecution - lawyer

August 02, 2018, 4:28 UTC+3 WASHINGTON

"Yes. I requested it’s release. I think it is helpful. It will be released under confidential conditions to me and the prosecution," Robert Neil Driscoll said

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Maria Butina

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WASHINGTON, August 2. /TASS/. US Senate Intelligence Committee will release information related to the case of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina to her lawyers and federal prosecutors on conditions of confidentiality, Butia’s lawyer Robert Neil Driscoll told TASS on Wednesday.

"Yes. I requested it’s release. I think it is helpful. It will be released under confidential conditions to me and the prosecution," he said.

According to earlier reports, the US Senate has allowed its Intelligence Committee to share with the Department of Justice and lawyers of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina the transcripts of her testimony before the panel earlier this year. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), the committee’s chairman and vice chairman, said in a statement that the committee will "provide the transcript, provided both parties agree to include it under the auspices of a protective order, which we understand is currently under discussion."

Maria Butina, 29, was arrested in Washington on July 15. The Russian gun rights activist faces charges of conspiracy for conducting activities in the interests of a foreign state. The investigators claim she engaged in these activities without registering as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice.

The FBI said Butina entered the US in August 2016 on a student visa and took up studies at the American University. She received the master’s degree in international relations in May 2018, according to her lawyer.

Butina is a member of the board of the Russian public associations ‘The Right to Guns’. In this capacity, she attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in February 2017 where President Donald Trump took part.

On July 18, court ruled to keep her in custody.

On July 21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underscored in his telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that US actions against Russian citizen Maria Butina were inadmissible.

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