Testimony, provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee and described to the Washington Post, identified the man as J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman who was Trump campaign's national security director until August and expected to join the president’s transition team.
US prosecutors seek to prove the 29-year-old tried to build ties with Republicans and National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyists on behalf of prominent Russian banker and politician Alexander Torshin over the past few years.
Butina was arrested in July and is being held in a DC jail. She was denied bail and faces up to 15 years in prison.