The question unfolds against the backdrop of special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, releasing findings on Friday that added to speculation of Trump’s wrongdoing. A part of Mueller’s investigation involves potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign.
Maria Butina agreed on Monday to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the law governing foreign agents operating in the United States. Federal prosecutors accused the 30-year-old suspected Russian spy of operating a secret campaign to use influential conservatives to achieve Russia’s goals, partly through her infiltration of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
After Butina was charged in July, it came to light that Clarke, while still serving as Milwaukee County sheriff, traveled to Russia in 2015 on an NRA trip that was paid for by a group Butina founded, WITI-TV reported.
The Justice Department and FBI led the counterintelligence investigation, but it was separate from Mueller’s probe. However, the special prosecutor could also be interested in interviewing conservatives like Clarke, who was a Trump ally during the president’s campaign.
The Right to Bear Arms, the organization started by the Russian agent, spent at least $6,000 on the former sheriff’s meals, lodging, and transportation expenses. Clarke took pictures with Butina, too. In one group photo, they posed in front of a sign that read, “Welcome to Russia comrades.”
Clarke was one of Trump’s most loyal Black supporters during the presidential campaign, but it was unclear if he was a conduit between Trump and Russia.
After Trump won the election, Clarke was a candidate for an administration position that was reportedly frustrated by White House Chief of staff John Kelly, who eventually fell out of favor with Trump and ousted from his post.
Eventually, Clarke landed a senior adviser and spokesman position with the Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action.
While speculation swirled over Clarke’s ties to the Russian agent, she was awaiting approval for her plea deal from a judge. The bargain stipulated that she must cooperate with authorities in exchange for a short prison term.
D.L. Hughley Calls Transgender Actress A 'P**sy' For Comments About Kevin Hart
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Name calling is the mark of a coward with no ground to stand upon. I haven’t been called a “dickhead” since middle school but today DL Hughley called me one when I named the fact that he’s bullying sister Indya Moore.— Blair Imani (@BlairImani) December 8, 2018
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DL Hughley be mad as hell about even a hint of racism. But anyone upset about Kevin Hart’s homophobia is a “pussy?”— Rod (@rodimusprime) December 8, 2018
This is why I don’t even fuck with dude when he’s speaking on race. He always goes the other way with any other form of oppression.
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* DL Hughley calling a trans-woman a pussy......— 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬,𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜. 🤍 (@StevieDerrick_) December 8, 2018
definitely cancelled, never thought he was funny anyways.
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DL Hughley calling a trans woman a pussy over defending his homophobic friend he claim not homophobic. Jesus wept.— A (@PlayGirlAsi) December 8, 2018
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This is ugly, ugly, ugly. No person, no matter how rich, famous or powerful should be above treating those around him with kindness & empathy. Esp the most vulnerable in society. Just...why? This type of language costs LGBTQ lives, LITERALLY. Is it worth it? Be above this. Please— Brittani James, MD (@DrBrittaniJ) December 8, 2018
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