What was Maria Butina doing in the U.S. on behalf of Russia?

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Russian gun rights advocate Maria Butina pleaded guilty in federal court today -- to acting as a foreign agent on behalf of the Kremlin. She spent years trying to gain influence within the American conservative movement. She tried to broker a secret meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Also, American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, admitted to paying off a Playboy model to protect Trump’s campaign.

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Guest:
Yoni Appelbaum - Senior Editor for politics at The Atlantic. - @YAppelbaum

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer