[Ed. – This is another one that has always smelled wrong, particularly in light of one-time boyfriend Patrick Byrne’s claims that the FBI wanted him to essentially “run” Ms. Butina as an asset. As with a small handful of other figures in the overall Spygate mess, I’ve wondered if the Trump DOJ was allowed to pursue a rather absurd prosecution of her as much to protect her as for other reasons. She’s being released as early as the law allows and being deported immediately; Democrats and MSM journalists won’t have any more cracks at her, at least.]
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.
Butina, 31, had been scheduled for release from the low-security prison in Tallahassee in early November, but a change in federal law moved up her release date based on credit for good behavior, her attorney Robert Driscoll said.
A prison official confirmed she was released on Friday morning and taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.