Rep. Robert Aderholt. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images.
Maria Butina, the alleged Russian agent arrested by the FBI last week, is said to have attended the National Prayer Breakfast in order to cultivate Republican officials.
But Butina is far from the religious group’s only questionable association.
The organization that runs the National Prayer Breakfast, the Fellowship Foundation, sent Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) to Romania in May of last year to meet with an infamous anti-Semitic political operative, Marian Munteanu, according to federal travel disclosure records. Once there, Aderholt met with Munteanu on two separate occasions. Other travel records show they met in May of 2015 as well, again at the behest of the organization.
The purpose of the trips was to “build new and maintain old relationships with business leaders and officials from throughout the region,” according to the travel records.
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