The efforts to set up private channels may have paid off, prosecutors suggested in their filings.
Before the meeting, Butina wrote to the two Americans that the list of Russian visitors to the prayer breakfast was well curated. In addition to Torshin, she wrote, “the list is populated by important political advisors to Russian President Putin.”
A few days after the 2017 breakfast, Butina emailed an unidentified organizer of the event, according to U.S. filings, relaying thanks for the “precious time” that week “and for the very private meeting that followed.”
Butina added: “Once you have a chance to rest after last week’s events, I have important information for you to further this new relationship.”