FISA Virus Maria Butina Released from Federal Prison for Immediate Deportation….

Ms. Maria Butina, a young Russian idealist who was caught up in the 2016 election frenzy and the vast Russian conspiracies, had strong connections to high powered Russian oligarchs.

Today she was released from federal prison and immediately deported back to Russia.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina was released from a Florida prison on Friday after serving most of her 18-month sentence for conspiring to influence U.S. conservative activists and infiltrate a powerful gun rights group, and taken into custody by immigration officials to be deported to her native country. (read more)

Ms. Butina pleaded guilty in December 2018 to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.  However, the under-reported backstory to the 31-year-old Russian is actually connected to the 2016 election and FBI efforts to weaponize Ms. Butina as a FISA-enabling virus.

Originally the purpose of Butina coming to the U.S. in 2016, as explained by Patrick Byrne, was for her to engage with influential Americans for political contacts that could provide geopolitical value to the oligarchs.

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was seen as important to Ms. Butina due to his connections to the emerging financial structures of crypto-currency and block-chain. Mr. Byrne is a libertarian who believes in small government, and is somewhat of a disruptor in the business world. Ms. Butina wanted to introduce Byrne to her friends in Russia.

Alternative currency options to the U.S. dollar has been an ongoing effort of Russian interests for a while. Russia considers global trade attached to the dollar as geopolitical problem; and they have been working for years on alternative currencies for trade (and their own wealth) that can avoid U.S. sanctions and the reach of the U.S. treasury.

As a Russian national with specific Russian interests that are not in alignment with U.S. national interests, Maria Butina was defined by the U.S. intelligence community as an ‘agent of a foreign power’. Her status meant unrestricted monitoring by the U.S. intelligence community was entirely legal.  However, because of this ‘foreign agent’ status Ms. Butina was also a valuable 2016 FISA virus to infect anyone the U.S. intelligence apparatus would wish to target domestically for surveillance.

Political Espionage” – During the 2016 election season, Butina’s useful purpose appeared to be the reason the FBI in Washington DC enlisted Patrick Byrne as a handler, giving Butina specific instructions and introductions to Republican presidential candidates.

Once those candidates were contacted the FBI’s background surveillance transferred to the republican politicians, including persons in/around the Trump orbit.  Mr. Byrne stated several times that FBI Agent Peter Strzok, and persons working on his behalf, was the FBI official directing the engagements.

Byrne claims he was asked to participate in an FBI intelligence operation and to introduce, and/or facilitate the introduction of, Ms. Butina to the campaigns of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

In December of 2015 Mr. Byrne said he became suspicious of the FBI motives because he warned FBI officials of the potential that his efforts, his reputation and those who trust him, may result in Butina gaining entry into campaign confidences. The FBI agents told Mr. Byrne that was exactly the intent.

People high up in the FBI wanted Ms. Butina to gain deep access into the Trump campaign. Mr. Byrne became suspicious of a corrupt political motive, but didn’t say anything at the time.

In/around Feb or March 2016 Byrne was told to focus Ms. Butina’s attention to the campaign of Donald Trump and to diminish any attention toward Rubio or Cruz.

Later in June & July (2016), FBI agents requested Mr. Byrne to focus on developing a closer romantic relationship with Ms. Butina and to use his influence to target her to closer proximity with the Trump family and Trump campaign.

It was within these June and July 2016 engagements where FBI agents were apologetic about the requests and specifically mentioned their instructions were coming from three principle FBI officials Byrne described as “X, Y and Z”. Later Byrne identified FBI Director James Comey as “Z”.  Mr. Byrne said the specific instructions were coming to the agents from Special Agent Peter Strzok as he relayed the requests of those above him [X, Y and Z (Comey)].

This FBI contact structure highlights an arms-length operation; perhaps intentionally constructed to create plausible deniability for those above the directly instructing agents.

In essence, these rank-and-file FBI agents were asking Patrick Byrne to be a civilian handler of a Russian national, and instructing him to carry out a covert counterintelligence operation. The FBI agents were apologetic about asking a civilian to take on such a role.

Conducting FISA-702(16)(17) database searches and electronic surveillance on U.S. persons who would meet with Butina would be justifiable and legal.

Extended contact with any U.S. person could lead to a Title-1 surveillance warrant through the FISA court, similar to what happened with Carter Page.  However, even without the FISA warrant, 702 searches would be valid just from brief contact.

As we have shown FISA-702 (“16” to-from) and (“17” about) queries were off the charts during the time-frame of November 2015 through May 2016.  Per the FISA audit conducted by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, after the flags noted by the database compliance officer, 85% of the search returns were unauthorized and unmasked.

The time-frames here are too coincidental to be accidental. [Judge Collyer Report]  This was the same period when DC-based FBI officials were telling Patrick Byrne who they wanted him to introduce Ms. Butina to.

From the operational description of Mr. Patrick Byrne it would appear Ms. Butina was used by the FBI to “dirty-up” political targets, opening them up for surveillance.

The FBI/NSA database can be used in real time, or in historic mapping, to monitor people simply by entering their cell phone number and filtering the geolocation.   Additionally, texts, call logs, emails, personal data and sensitive electronic communication can all be reviewed by FBI officials using this database.

What Patrick Byrne ended up describing as “political espionage” was an illicit and intentional use of an FBI counterintelligence operation to monitor the political campaign of the opposing party.

Maria Butina likely did have sketchy intentions from a U.S. strategic interest perspective; and monitoring her was perhaps justifiable.  However, specifically directing Butina on where to go and who to meet is another kettle-o-fish entirely.

That aspect is likely why Mueller, Weissmann and the corrupt small group within the DOJ and FBI, originally locked away Maria Butina in strict isolation and solitary confinement.

♦ In a Fox Business interview, Patrick Byrne described being offered a $1 billion bribe of sorts to stay quiet in 2018.  This piqued many curious questions; however, it is worth noting a bribe as described could come in a multitude of forms for a businessman who operates a massive corporation.

In 2018 Mr. Byrne’s company, Overstock, was also under an SEC investigation.


I’m sure it is just a coincidence, but FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok’s wife, Melissa Hodgman, happens to be the Assoc. Director of the SEC Enforcement Division, who happened to be leading the SEC investigation of Patrick Byrne’s company. [LINK]

So the wife of the FBI agent who was directing Patrick Byrne in the sketchy FBI operation targeting Donald Trump… just happens to open an investigation of Byrne shortly after the corrupt FBI operation containing her husband first hit the headlines in early 2018.

I wonder if the elimination of that SEC investigation was worth, oh, say $1 billion.

Huh, imagine that?


Small world.


In the last 24 hours multiple media pundits, legal analysts and politicians have asked what intelligence community criminal activity AG Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham could possibly be looking at.

During his short media appearances Patrick Byrne claims he had spoken to the DOJ on April 5th, 2019, and again on April 30th, 2019. Mr. Byrne stated he told the DOJ all of the information he was aware of during those two interviews covering approximately seven hours of questioning from officials in the Department of Justice.

Maria Butina was removed from harsh isolation in prison on May 9th, ten days after Mr. Byrne delivered his testimony to the DOJ. According to Byrne Ms. Butina was moved to a very different White Collar facility based on his information.

Byrne also highlighted the May 13th DOJ appointment of John Durham to look into the origination of the Russia investigation events. Byrne feels this too was likely, at least in part, a direct result of his two DOJ sessions April 5th and 30th.

Yesterday the media began reporting that U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting a criminal investigation.  Today Ms. Butina is released from prison and immediately deported back to Russia.

[*DISCLAIMER* – After originally outlining the process and possibilities within an article in August 2019, CTH received a thankful and congratulatory email from Mr. Byrne stating he was surprised we were able to put it all together.]

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202 Responses to FISA Virus Maria Butina Released from Federal Prison for Immediate Deportation….

  1. kinthenorthwest says:

    Damn I just posted yesterday that I was thinking this for a while now..

    Opinion: Impeachment Endgame Revealed – Democrats Want Pelosi As First Female President


  2. Kleen says:

    Strzok had an affair with his fellow swampee.

    He is still married? Wife didn’t kick him out of the house?


    • Lester Smith says:

      She likes to crawl up with a good spy story.


    • Patrick Healy says:

      Not being all that up to date with the internals of the U.S. legal system, I am wondering who signed the bit of paper to “immediately deport” that lady?
      I would have thought that Mr Barr or Mr Durham would want her to hang about for questioning.
      Or is it the case that the justice system is so corrupt that the President is doomed?

      Liked by 3 people

      • Bluegrass Nana says:

        Ms. Butina was interviewed by Barr or Durham’s people while she was incarcerated.

        Liked by 1 person

        • jello333 says:

          Yeah, I’m assuming Barr/Durham DID have some talks with her, and got whatever they needed. And should anything new be needed from her in the near future, I’m sure Putin will make her available for further questioning/testimony. (Yes, I believe Putin and Trump are actually getting along fine behind the scenes.)


    • snellvillebob says:

      Lisa Page is also married. I have not heard a single thing from either spouse throughout this entire sordid affair.

      Liked by 1 person

      • MelH says:

        Unless you’re a Hollywood star, your marriage and the troubled times are seldom discussed in public. Many a marriage survives an affair and all kinds of troubles never discussed in public. I’m in the 65th year of one of those.


    • Nichevo says:

      If it was an affair the wife probably would have rebelled against cooperating in this conspiracy. Therefore the affair is probably fake, a cover for these activities.


  3. Bill Still says:

    Can you send me a link to your initial report on the 3 “small groups”, please. I read in closely, trying to figure out how to synopsize a report out of it for my own channel. But then I could not find it back. This is such important information going forward.


  4. Jf86 says:

    I thought the Dems and politically tainted judges were supposed to interject themselves to stop deportations of lawbreakers. Curiouser and curiouser…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Cocoon says:

    One wonders how long the ever powerful FBI, both domestically and internationally, can sustain itself. By providing FBI a pathway to foreign powers and intelligence, we made the mistake of providing foreigners power within the US.
    Power corrupts PERIOD!
    The solution is to reduce the international scope of the FBI.

    Liked by 6 people

  6. kiswa15 says:

    It would not be shocking at all to find out that Butina is not a Russian asset but in fact western intelligence. There’s alot of line crossing between MI6 and GRU since the fall of the Berlin wall.
    Hard to tell just who is who.
    There is no way US intelligence would allow a 24 yr old Russian spy to meet with #2 at Treasury in 2015.
    Who granted her Visa?

    Liked by 1 person

    • cali says:

      @kiswa15: Most likely Loretta Lynch!

      This operation using this Russian girl is so wrong on so many levels. If she is/was a spy and then use her as a spy against candidate Trump this is as unethical as it gets.

      They did it with Snowden having him infiltrate the NSA and steal as much info as he could and then flee with his employers help – CIA – to publish and damage the NSA was bad enough but then to learn about the motive why the CIA did that one is left shaking the head. The CIA used Snowden to damage the NSA beyond repair and to make the CIA the only spy agency in the US. That was the plan. Snowden now is stuck and can’t return home without being imprisoned.
      Snowden too believed what they told him ‘They never thought she would lose” ergo he suppose to return to the US as soon as HRC won the white house.

      He remains a black hat and traitor. Seeing them using this girl to spy using in this case a honeypot like Byrne – how convoluted can it get?

      Luckily – she remained to be alive! We all remember how Mueller and Bulger worked in tandem for years on and only after he was caught he gets murdered in prison. Dead men don’t tell tales right Mueller et al?

      When all this is said and done and SpyGate adjudicated which most likely will take all 8 years of the presidency of Donald Trump due to the massive size and number of deep state here and their rogue operators overseas – the CIA will not survive because it can’t be cleansed. It is a destructive source that does not answer to the American people.

      I have pondered the thought lately whether the CIA under Brennan even bamboozled the FBI sucking them into their anti-Trump spy operation although it didn’t take much convincing with the Comey and McCabe/Page crew.


  7. BFranklin says:

    These are amazing facts, huge help in seeing the big picture. I have been following this over-reach for 2 years. It has impacted my life by trying to find more and more facts to assemble, as comey put it, a “mosaic” in order to see what the hell happened. As a Truth-seeker and capitalist with conservative leanings – this has been one of the most profound events in my life and I want to thank CTH for laying the foundation to pull these dozen or so scandals together. I know it is not over yet, and the losers still have more crap to throw at us – but the truth will prevail.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ray says:

    Lets face it they do not prosecute most corruption because it gives them levers over the politicians

    Liked by 1 person

  9. pocaMAGAjunta says:

    “In/around Feb or March 2016 Byrne was told to focus Ms. Butina’s attention to the campaign of Donald Trump and to diminish any attention toward Rubio or Cruz.”

    This suggests 2 things:

    1. The coup plan to overthrow the President included any of Republican candidates (except possibly Jeb “please clap”Bush)

    2. Since Trump accepted the Republican nomination at the convention in July 2019, the coup plotters knew up to five months ahead of time that Trump would receive the nomination.

    Also kinthenorthwest’s post above about Pelosi being the preferred candidate may have merit. Hillary is / was such damaged goods that I wonder if real aim of the coup plotters was to stop Hillary. At least it would be a fun theory to push into the gossip-sphere .

    Liked by 1 person

    • jbowen82 says:

      I think by the end of March it was pretty clear that the nominee would probably be PDT. There was a little effort to try to get everyone to back Cruz so he would have enough delegates to deny PDT a first ballot victory at the convention, but IIRC that failed in Indiana. The Indiana primary was May 3.


  10. trondtveten says:

    Excellent article by Sundance. But the explosive aspect here is that the head of the FBI assisted Moscow’s spy operation!! – By introducing Butina to critical high level political contacts. It’s like introducing the Rosenbergs to a knowledgeable scientist so that the Russians got better info on how to construct an atom bomb.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. redthunder238 says:

    It’s like Strzok and Schiff are competing with each other to be the biggest slimeball on Earth. I would LOVE to run into either in public. I’d gladly catch a charge to knock Strzok’s teeth out. He’s a PUNK.

    Liked by 1 person

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