The 30-year-old also said she worked with an American political operative to develop unauthorized lines of communications with USA political influencers. Prosecutors said that although she worked openly and was not tied to any Russian intelligence agency, she was nevertheless a threat to the United States.
Prosecutors said they expected the deal would provide information about Russia's efforts to interfere in USA politics.
"America is looking for enemies where they can find them", her attorney Alfred Kerry said, adding that she was "no Manchurian candidate".
"I came here to better my life to get a degree".
"We believe that the Russian national was not, and could not, be involved in what she is accused of", Peskov said.
As part of her plea deal, Butina has cooperated extensively with the government.
She admitted to seeking to establish unofficial lines of communication between Torshin and the conservative circles and use them to Russia's benefit. Federal prosecutors alleged initially that Maria Butina was a secret Russian agent that was offering sex to gain access to high-profile figures within the conservative moment, however, they later admitted they were wrong in that assumption that after misunderstanding various messages she sent to people.
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Trauma counselors were being sent to the synagogue, where about 100 people were awaiting interviews with homicide detectives. He also said that there are signs that the gun "might have malfunctioned after firing numerous rounds", according to CNN .
Torshin, described by Butina's lawyers as "a friend", was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April along with other Russian businessmen and politicians for "advancing Russia's malign activities".
Until Friday, Butina had made no major public comments since her arrest.
Steven Hall, the CIA's former chief of Russian operations, said her operating out in the open was simply an innovative tactic in Russian President Vladimir Putin's "broader hybrid-warfare influence operation".
Sources close to the investigation explained that she had primarily given statements about her boyfriend, conservative USA political activist Paul Erikson, who is not indicted in this case, but he is charged for wire fraud and money laundering in South Dakota.
Chutkan, however, fully followed the government's recommendation and sentenced Butina to an additional nine months, before being deported.
Defence lawyers had asked Judge Chutkan for no jail time, writing in a sentencing memo that she has "always been willing to cooperate with the government".
Driscoll also warned the government's theory of the case would apply "broadly to a large number of people", indicating that many non-Russian foreign nationals engage in similar activities as do Americans living overseas. In her plea to the court, Butina also provided information regarding her boyfriend, a Republican Paul Erickson, who was allegedly involved in her scheme.
Russian Federation has accused the United States of forcing Butina to falsely confess to what a foreign ministry spokeswoman called "absolutely ridiculous charges".