[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.
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.