Maria Butina’s sentencing, Trump at NRA convention, arrival of

This Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 photo provided by the Alexandria, Va., Detention Center shows Maria Butina, accused of being a Russian spy. (Photo: AP)

Maria Butina to be sentenced in Russian infiltration case

Maria Butina, a Russian national who pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to act as an agent for the Kremlin without registering in the United States, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in federal district court. A red-haired gun-rights activist who actively sought publicity, Butina, 30, made headlines last July when she was charged with participating in a years-long effort to infiltrate political groups, including the National Rifle Association. Prosecutors are alleging that while Butina was not a spy, her actions  were designed to spot Americans who could be valuable to the Russian government. They’ve asked a judge to sentence her to 18 months in prison and order her deportation.

Trump to address NRA convention, again

For the third straight year, President Donald Trump on Friday will deliver the keynote address at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, which runs through Sunday in Indianapolis. In 2018, Trump gave a campaign-rally like speech in which he vowed to continue to champion gun rights. “Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never, ever be under siege as long as I’m your president,” he said. Friday’s visit will be Trump’s first to the state since South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg – whom Trump recently referred to as “the mayor of Indiana” – became a contender in the Democratic race to unseat the president.

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