Accused Russian spy Maria Butina reaches plea deal with feds

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina — who is accused of trying to broker a deal between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump — has reached a plea agreement in federal court that includes her cooperating with “any ongoing investigations.”

Butina will plead guilty to conspiracy for working with Republican operative Paul Erickson and a Russian official to establish unofficial lines of communication between US politicians and the Kremlin, according to ABC News.

The agreement, signed on Saturday, carries a maximum sentence of 5 years — although Butina could get a more lenient penalty for her cooperation, the network said.

It was not clear in which investigation Butina might serve as a cooperating witness. Erikson, also her former boyfriend, is being probed by feds.

Butina regularly appeared at GOP events and asked then-candidate Trump a question about sanctions with Russia in 2015 at an event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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