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  • Democrats are asking for records related to President
    Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and his
    work with suspected Russian spy Maria Butina.
  • In a Monday letter to White House chief of staff John
    Kelly, top Democrats demanded documents related to Bolton’s
    security clearance.
  • They want Kelly to “produce documents related to
    whether Bolton reported his previous work with this alleged
    Russian spy on his security clearance forms or other White
    House vetting materials prior to President Trump appointing him
    to his current position.”

Democrats are pushing White House chief of staff John Kelly to
turn over records related to President Donald Trump’s national
security adviser John Bolton and his work with suspected Russian
spy Maria Butina.

In a Monday letter to Kelly, which was provided to Business
Insider, Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch
requested that Kelly “produce documents related to whether Bolton
reported his previous work with this alleged Russian spy on his
security clearance forms or other White House vetting materials
prior to President Trump appointing him to his current position.”

Cummings is ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight
and Government Reform, and Lynch is ranking member of that
committee’s subcommittee on national security.

The two requested all documents and information from Bolton and
his associates related to his contacts with foreign nationals
over the past seven years, in addition to all documents related
to inquiries into Bolton’s security clearance and Bolton’s
answers to a series of questions in his security clearance
application.

The letter comes as the White House is weighing revoking the security
clearance
of one current and several former intelligence
officials after taking away former CIA Director
John Brennan’s
clearance last week.

The Justice Department filed a
criminal complaint
against Butina last month, accusing her of
working as a Russian spy. Butina was the founder of a pro-gun
group in Russia called “Right to Bear Arms.”

As part of her alleged conspiracy on behalf of the Russian
government, the government says, Butina tried to gain access and
influence with political groups in the US, including the National
Rifle Association.

In late 2013, Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United
Nations, recorded a video with Butina
promoting the expansion of gun rights in Russia.

At the time, Bolton served as the head of the NRA’s Subcommittee
on International Affairs, and then-NRA President David Keene
asked him to participate in the 2013 roundtable that Butina
helped organize, NPR reported.

Butina has pleaded not guilty
to charges of conspiracy to act and failing to register as an
agent of a foreign government. Russia has called the arrest
politically motivated.

Read the full letter from Cummings and Lynch below:

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