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As Mrs. Trump rather illiterately says “Be Best”. In the document about why apparent Russian spy, Maria Butina, shouldn’t be let out on bail, we learn that she apparently lived with US person 1, who is widely believed to be Republican Religious Right political operative Paul Erickson. Whether or not he knew she was a Russian operative-spy, remains to be seen. Whether he himself is a Russian spy remains to be seen, as well. Regardless, Butina apparently was simply using him.
An earlier red-headed Russian spy named Anna Chapman.
Hypocritical 56 year old Paul Erickson, who has promoted marriage and faithfulness, has never even married and was apparently living with this much younger Russian spy. While marriage and faithfulness are Christian values, the religious right diminishes women and wants them to be subservient, thus preferring them uneducated, “barefoot and pregnant”. They want huge families in an overpopulated world. With no birth control, couples used to have around a dozen surviving kids – one every two years, sometimes more.
A non religious right view of women, marriage and the church: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/what-paul-really-said-about-women-an-apostles-liberating-views-of-equality-in-marriage-leadership-and-love/
Anyway, so that’s the funny part – religious right activist was apparently bested by a woman! Where things may really heat up soon will be who she had sex with! Members of Congress perhaps? Trump? Pence?
“During the course of this investigation, the FBI has determined that Butina gained access through U.S. Person 1 to an extensive network of U.S. persons in positions to influence political activities in the United States. Butina, age 29, and U.S. Person 1, age 56, are believed to have cohabitated and been involved in a personal relationship during the course of Butina’s activities in the United States. But this relationship does not represent a strong tie to the United States because Butina appears to treat it as simply a necessary aspect of her activities. For example, on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization. Further, in papers seized by the FBI, Butina complained about living with U.S. Person 1 and expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate with U.S. Person 1…“. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4609972/Government-s-Memorandum-in-Support-of-Pretrial.pdf (If time allows we will upload this document.)
Erickson appears generally complicit: “Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties A conservative operative told a campaign aide he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia through his pro-gun connections.“. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
Based on the Wikipedia article about him, Paul Erickson has been connected to Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed, and Jack Abramoff, Pat Buchanan, Mitt Romney, the American Conservative Union and thus the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Andrew Breitbart, John Wayne Bobbitt and worked for Abramoff to lobby for the dictator Mobutu to be allowed to enter the US. Manafort also worked for Mobutu. Abramoff gives him an at least indirect connection to casinos (“gaming”).
“In 1997 Erickson helped to organize a religious revival service on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Promise Keepers, an Evangelical Christian men’s organization. Hundreds of thousands of men participated in the day-long service…. Erickson is single and has never married He has homes in New York, Los Angeles, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Erickson_(activist)
OF COURSE, TRUMP WILL PARDON HER IF HE IS STILL PRESIDENT AND RETURN HER TO HIS BUDDY PUTIN.
“Erickson attended the University of South Dakota and then transferred to Yale University, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in economics and political science in 1984. In 1980, while at USD, Erickson coordinated a youth campaign for Representative Jim Abdnor. For a year between his time at USD and Yale, Erickson served as the national treasurer of the College Republicans in Washington, D.C., whose staff at the time included Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed, and Jack Abramoff…
Frustrated by the tax increase led by President George H.W. Bush, Erickson served as the national political director / campaign manager for the 1992 presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan.…. Erickson later served as an advisor to both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns. He is also a former board member of the American Conservative Union, the group that organizes the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He was a friend of Andrew Breitbart.
… In 1989 Erickson worked as an executive producer of Red Scorpion, an anti-communist action film produced by Jack Abramoff.
From 1993 to 1994, Erickson acted as a media adviser, agent, and lawyer for John Wayne Bobbitt, whose wife Lorena had cut off his penis with a kitchen knife. Erickson booked Bobbitt on an international “Love Hurts” tour during which Bobbitt made appearances on television shows such as The Howard Stern Show.
In 1994, Erickson obtained a $30,000 contract with Jack Abramoff to lobby for entrance into the United States by Mobutu Sese Seko, the military dictator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who had been banned from the entering the United States due to the corrupt and dictatorial nature of his regime. Mobutu sought a visit to the United Nations to claim credit for this offer, but his visa request was ultimately denied due to his past human rights abuses.
In 1997, Erickson founded Compass Care, a senior living company based in South Dakota dedicated to developing non-nursing home care options for seniors in the Midwest. This venture led to senior care consulting spinoffs, independent living communities and the licensing of medical technology. Erickson and his companies have amassed at least seven civil court judgments against them over the years. In two such cases, lawsuits by investors in Compass Care alleged that Erickson had predicted investment returns of 25–100% but that neither investor received any returns and that Erickson had reneged on his promises to refund the original investments. One investor won a judgment for $115,417 in 2003 while another obtained a judgment for $190,000 in 2008. Two of Erickson’s lawyers withdrew from the second case, one after Erickson wrote him a bad check.
Role in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign
Erickson has strong ties to both the National Rifle Association and the Russian gun rights community. He has publicly supported Maria Butina, now in jail, a former assistant to Aleksandr Torshin and the founder of a Russian gun rights group called “The Right to Bear Arms.” In 2016, Erickson and Butina set up a South Dakota business named “Bridges, LLC”, which Erickson later said was created to provide financial assistance for Butina’s graduate studies.
During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, Erickson attempted to develop a back-channel between the NRA and the Russian government. In May 2016, Erickson sent an e-mail with the subject line “Kremlin Connection” to Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn asking Dearborn and then-Senator Jeff Sessions for advice on setting up a meeting between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin at an annual NRA convention. After Trump won the general election in November 2016, Erickson said he was advising his transition team.
Erickson, Butina, and Torshin have been part of an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. Torshin has also been the subject of a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigations into whether the Russian government attempted to illegally funnel money to the NRA in order to help Trump win the presidency. In July 2018 Butina was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation. Authorities said an unnamed American political operative, later identified as Erickson, worked with Butina to arrange introductions to influential people inside the U.S. and to advance Russian interests.
Erickson served a term on the board of directors of the Institute for Lutheran Theology. He is a founder of “Word Alone,” a reform group within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
In 1997 Erickson helped to organize a religious revival service on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Promise Keepers, an Evangelical Christian men’s organization. Hundreds of thousands of men participated in the day-long service.
Erickson is single and has never married. He has homes in New York, Los Angeles, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
According to criminal charges against Butina, Erickson and Butina lived together and were in a sexual relationship, which Butina was using to advance Russian national interests. and allegedly offered herself to at least one other Republican operative.“. Excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Erickson_(activist)
IN CASE THE READER DOESN’T RECALL – LUTHER, AS IN LUTHERAN CHURCH, WAS A PRIEST WHO MARRIED A NUN.