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American evangelicals and Putin and Russia: Eric Metaxas, Maria Butina, Prayer Breakfast, and Franklin Graham

A thread by Andy Rowell

A reminder that Eric Metaxas interviewed and strongly defended Maria Butina who told Alexander Torshin the night Trump was elected: "It's 3 am here. I am ready for further orders." She slept with Paul Erickson and Patrick Byrne. Trump called on her for a question July 11, 2015.

Eric Metaxas @ericmetaxas

It was a forced plea agreement. Totally shameful that they did this to her, threatening her with another YEAR in solitary. Wait till the whole story comes out if you care about the truth. The only good thing is her faith has gotten much stronger as a result of her sufferings. https://twitter.com/ericmetaxas/status/1038538504463155201 

Eric Metaxas @ericmetaxas
 

The "government" is ruining people's lives. I'll bet dollars to donuts that Maria Butina is guilty of NOTHING when this is all over. Please pray for her. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/08/politics/maria-butina-court-filing/index.html 

Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

Yes, we'll see. Maria Butina on 2016 election night to Aleksandr Torshin, "I’m going to sleep. It’s 3 am here. I am ready for further orders." Last week Butina pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as an illegal foreign agent. On Nov 30 Russian media announced Torshin's retirement.

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Butina was deported to Russia today.

Julia Davis@JuliaDavisNews
 

NEW: Maria Butina Receives Hero’s Welcome in Moscow https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butina-receives-heros-welcome-in-moscow?source=twitter&via=desktop 

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Maria Butina Receives Hero’s Welcome in Moscow

Maria Butina is out of jail and Moscow is celebrating the convicted “spotter” for Russian intelligence.

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Kevin RoThRoCk @KevinRothrock
 

RT really is a shit outlet. The questions in this interview are garbage, through and through. Butina turning to this trash as her first interview speaks volumes. https://twitter.com/kevinrothrock/status/1188152691853287424 

Kevin RoThRoCk @KevinRothrock
 

Hours after landing in Moscow, @Maria_Butina grants first full interview to @RT_com (in English), saying that her “unregistered peace-building activities” are what led to her unjust incarceration. https://youtu.be/fYAdeXJhZlE 

 
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Seth Abramson @SethAbramson

The full story of what Maria Butina did, told in PROOF OF COLLUSION, PROOF OF CONSPIRACY, and threads on this feed detailing her efforts to set up secret meetings with the Trump family pre-election establish *exactly* why the Kremlin considers her a "hero" https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butina-receives-heros-welcome-in-moscow?source=twitter&via=desktop 

Maria Butina Receives Hero’s Welcome in Moscow

Maria Butina is out of jail and Moscow is celebrating the convicted “spotter” for Russian intelligence.

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Seth Abramson @SethAbramson
 

1/ America took a woman who brazenly tried to destroy the integrity of the 2016 election and treated her as a nuisance deserving of a slap-on-the-wrist jail sentence rather than a central figure in the gravest attack on our democracy in American history. Congratulations, Kremlin!

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Casey Michel 🇰🇿 @cjcmichel

Meanwhile, here’s Kentucky’s @RepThomasMassie on Butina: https://twitter.com/repthomasmassie/status/1187800047943061505?s=21 

Thomas Massie @RepThomasMassie
 

She served a ridiculously long sentence essentially for not filing the right paperwork. But now she is free. Sadly, she was jailed to satiate the rampant Russophobia in the US these days. We are better than this.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44885633?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story 

Casey Michel 🇰🇿 @cjcmichel
 

Here’s how @RepThomasMassie —the only current Rep. who’s dined with Butina—replaced Rohrabacher as the most Russia-friendly voice in the House: https://thinkprogress.org/rep-thomas-massie-most-russia-friendly-house-member-e0dedef1c89c/ 

Here’s how Thomas Massie became the most Kremlin-friendly member of the House

He's dined with Maria Butina and voted against Russian sanctions: the Kentucky Republican picks up where Dana Rohrabacher left off.

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Maria Butina arrived in Moscow, greeted by her father and Russian journalists. She was jailed in the U.S. in April for conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Russia by infiltrating the NRA and influencing conservative activists and Republicans https://reut.rs/367fJVl 

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Kyle Cheney @kyledcheney

The case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney in DC. Mueller and the special counsel did not come up in the plea hearing.

Kyle Cheney @kyledcheney
 

Butina has now formally admitted that when she directly posed Trump this question about sanctions, she was acting on orders from Russian officials. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fp1TioaLcg 

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Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin attended the 2017 prayer breakfast. Doug Burleigh, featured in the Netflix documentary "The Family," seems to be the main Fellowship contact with Russians.

Rep. Bob Aderholt (R-Ala.) is another.

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Prior to the release of the Mueller Report, @JTLarsen reported that an evangelical group tied to the Fellowship Foundation reported expenses related to having Russians requested by Maria Butina attend the National Prayer Breakfast:https://tyt.com/stories/4vZLCHuQrYE4uKagy0oyMA/UHYZXMUhGKUEsMAYcuQes 

Christian Group Reported Expenses for Having Russians at National Prayer Breakfast

Ed. note: After this article was published, a Fellowship spokesperson notified us that the Fellowship is preparing a response. In

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(mobile.twitter.com/jtlarsen/statu…) The other main contact between American evangelicals and Putin is Franklin Graham. He met with Putin alone in Nov or Dec 2015:

and made another trip in March 2019 and met with Vyacheslav Volodin:

Jack Jenkins @jackmjenkins
 

1. Just posted my newest piece on ties between the Religious Right and Russia, tracking interactions over recent years.

The focus: Relationships between Russians and Franklin Graham, who, among other things, met with Vladimir Putin in 2015.

Let’s unpack. https://religionnews.com/2018/08/07/the-russian-connection-when-franklin-graham-met-putin/ 

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Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

In March 2019, Franklin Graham met with Vyacheslav Volodin, who’s been sanctioned by the U.S. for five years. Graham's explanation is that he has warm relations with Putin's people because of cooperation in the gospel and conservative politics such as opposing the GLBTQ movement. https://twitter.com/cjcmichel/status/1108701389922942976 

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Here’s what we know about Franklin Graham’s trip to Moscow earlier this month:

1. Graham met with Vyacheslav Volodin, who’s been sanctioned by the U.S. for five years. They discussed how to strengthen ties between Congress and the Duma. https://thinkprogress.org/why-was-franklin-graham-schmoozing-with-a-sanctioned-russian-official-this-month-b38f1aa1af13/ 

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I was in Russia in 2015 and met with President Vladimir @PutinRF_Eng.

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Franklin Graham has liked Donald Trump since 2011!

"the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, you know, maybe this guy's right."

"So, he might be your candidate of choice?" Amanpour asked.

"Sure, yes," Graham responded. (abcnews.go.com/Politics/frank…)

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