Maria Butina, who is accused of being a Russian agent, pleaded guilty on Thursday to engaging in a conspiracy against the US.
Butina has long been suspected of working with a high-ranking Russian government official to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence US policy in favor of Russia.
Butina was indicted earlier this year, and prosecutors said she and the Russian official worked to create a “back channel” between Russia and the US by using the NRA as a conduit.
The NRA has been under heightened scrutiny from congressional investigators since last year.

Maria Butina, who is accused of being a Russian agent, pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to engaging in a conspiracy against the United States.

Butina is accused of infiltrating the National Rifle Association and trying to sway US policy in favor of Russia.

A plea agreement submitted to the court Thursday said Butina would “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with … any…

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