Maria Butina has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors, which means she may have a whole lot of information to reveal. Butina has been accused of being a Russian agent and having "unofficial influence" inside the Trump campaign, according to NPR.
Butina will plead guilty to a conspiracy charge to act as a Russian agent on US soil without registering with the Justice Department, as is required. She could spend up to five years in prison, but may end up serving far less time due to her cooperation with federal prosecutors.
Butina was arrested and detained by US authorities in July. She is currently being held in a detention center in Alexandria, Virginia, where she is in solitary confinement.
She has agreed to cooperate completely with prosecutors, including testifying before a grand jury. Under the terms of the deal, she will remain in federal custody until her sentence is completed. Once that happens, Butina may be deported back to Russia.
Butina has been identified by CNN as a "Russian spy." According to their reporting, Butina got close to officials at the NRA and political insiders in 2016.
Until this plea deal was reached, Butina has been saying she is nothing more than an innocent foreign student visiting America. She previously pleaded not guilty after being arrested in July for acting as an agent of a foreign government.