Mr. Massie, Kentucky Republican, made the suggestion on Twitter in light of recent developments involving Butina, a gun-rights activist currently serving an 18-month prison sentence for conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent.
Patrick Byrne, founder and former president of online retailer Overstock, resigned from the company Thursday after claiming to have dated Butina while she was under investigation. He said during subsequent television interviews that FBI officials had directed him to engage in a romantic relationship with Butina, and that both Mr. Comey, the former director of the FBI, and Mr. Strzok, a former FBI counterespionage official, were among those involved.
Responding to Mr. Byrne’s allegations Thursday, Mr. Comey dismissed his claims as “ridiculous,” CNN reported.
Butina, 30, was charged by prosecutors of infiltrating conservative groups including the National Rifle Associate to covertly advance Russian interests in the U.S. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy and is scheduled to be released from prison later this year.
Mr. Massie, 48, has represented Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District on Capitol Hill since 2012.
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