Red hair chronicles: Accused Russian operative’s big U.S. connection is alleged serial fraudster

Red hair chronicles: Accused Russian operative’s big U.S. connection is alleged serial fraudster
Maria Butina. MSNBC video

[Ed. – I’m not sure the anti-Trump spinmeisters understand that splashing this all over Daily Beast just makes the story about Ms. Butina sound more idiotic.  It doesn’t hurt Trump at all.]

Paul Erickson, the Republican political consultant at the center of a Russian espionage probe … served as a media adviser to a famously emasculated porn actor, a producer for one of Hollywood’s schlockiest anti-communist movies, and a lobbyist for one of Africa’s most brutal dictators…

One source familiar with Erickson, a South Dakota native, described him to The Daily Beast as “kind of like a taller, more physically unappealing Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can,” the movie about a serial scam artist.

“He is the single biggest phony I’ve ever met in South Dakota politics,” Lee Schoenbeck, a former Republican member of South Dakota’s House of Representatives, told the Rapid City Journal.

Trending: Another Trump ‘gotcha’ by the mainstream media falls on its face

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Erickson has been at the center of growing scrutiny for his relationship with Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist charged by the FBI with acting as a spy for Russian intelligence in an attempt to build covert backchannels to conservative political heavyweights.

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