Accused Russian spy met Mark Sanford at SC barbecue


Rep. Mark Sanford had spoken with an accused Russian spy who was charged this week.

Maria Butina is facing several charges related to acting as a covert Russian agent here in the United States, and allegedly using sex and deception to build her network and expand her influence.

Butina is the girlfriend of Sanford's business-school classmate.

They both attended a post-Thanksgiving barbecue last year for Sanford at his farm.

Sanford told CNN he was surprised to see Butina's name and picture in the news this week for acting as a foreign agent for Russia.

"I did meet her, a few interactions were pleasant," Sanford told CNN in an interview. "It's the girlfriend of a guy I've known for 30 years. She seemed nice enough."

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