Anti-Black Lives Matter Sheriff Clarke Linked To Indicted Russian Spy

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Written by Ann Brown

 

So what does an ex-U.S. Sheriff have in common with an accused Russian spy? Hanging out at National Rifle Association (NRA) events and traveling together to Russia, among other things, it seems.

It has surfaced that then-Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke went on a six-day organized trip to Russia in 2015, a group founded by an alleged Russian spy actually footed the bill for his expenses.

Maria Butina was just charged by the  U.S. Department of Justice with trying to infiltrate the NRA and other political groups. Yet she and Clarke, who was part of an NRA delegation, appeared together during an NRA trip.

“Butina’s group, The Right to Bear Arms, covered $6,000 of Clarke’s meal, hotel, and transportation expenses, according to the ex-sheriff’s Milwaukee County financial disclosure form,” Fox6now News reported.

There are several photos in which the alleged covert Russian agent and Clarke appear together.  Photos on Butina’s own “Facebook page showed Butina seated below and immediately to the left of a sign which read, ‘Welcome to Russia, Comrads.’ The top of the sign showed a silhouette of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square. Sheriff Clarke was tagged as the man wearing black vest in the upper right of the photo,” Law & Crime reported.

It was a free trip for Clarke, in part paid by Butina’s group. “The Right to Bear Arms paid $1,200 for Clarke’s meals–an average of $200 per day he was in the country, according to Clarke’s financial disclosure form. Butina’s group also paid $3,000 for Clarke’s hotel, $1,000 for his transportation in Russia and $800 for an expense labeled ‘excursions,’” Fox6now News reported.

The rest of Clarke’s $40,000 expenses for a 16-day overseas trip, which also included a stop in Israel, was paid for by the NRA.

In a criminal complaint, the Justice Department says her job was to “identify and exploit personal connections with U.S. persons having influence in American politics.” The DOJ unsealed an indictment against Butina, and it “alleges Butina was a go-between between at least one high-ranking Russian official and a series of American politicians, at least one American political party, and a gun rights organization. Butina’s Facebook page indicates she attended at least one large NRA convention in the United States. Butina was in the U.S. on a student visa,” Law & Crime reported.

Clarke, who currently lives near Washington, D.C. and is a political consulting business, headed the Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department from 2002 to 2017. Fox6now News reported: “He was said to have been considered for a spot in the Trump Administration; however, he reportedly now works for a pro-Trump political action committee.”

 


About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.