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Senate OKs sharing Intel panel documents on alleged Russian agent with DOJ, her lawyers

Senate OKs sharing Intel panel documents on alleged Russian agent with DOJ, her lawyers
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The Senate quietly signed off on allowing its Intelligence Committee to share documents with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and attorneys for alleged Russian agent Maria Butina, who testified before the panel earlier this year. 

Senators approved the resolution to allow "document production" related to the case on Wednesday evening as the chamber prepares to leave Washington until mid-August. 

Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSunday shows - Trump's reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominate Warner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (D-Va.), the chairman and vice chairman of the committee, respectively, said the resolution allows for the committee to release a transcript of its interview with Butina to both DOJ and her attorneys. 

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“In response to requests from the Department of Justice and counsel for Maria Butina, we have sought authorization from the Senate to release to both parties the transcript of Ms. Butina’s testimony before the Committee," Burr and Warner said in a joint statement.

They added that their committee "intends to provide the transcript, provided both parties agree to include it under the auspices of a protective order, which we understand is currently under discussion.”

Butina testified for roughly eight hours before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is currently probing Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

The Justice Department announced last month that Butina, a Russian woman living in Washington, D.C., had been charged for conspiring to work for the Russian government by establishing relationships and infiltrating organizations that have influence in U.S. politics.

DOJ charged her with "conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General" adding that she acted with “the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation” at the direction a “high-level” Russian official.