Washington( CNN) The accused Russian snoop who infiltrated Republican politics employed a life “predicated on deception” while she attempted to exchange sexuality for political access and communicated with Russian intelligence during her years in America, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Though her court case coincides with an intense period of the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, Butina should not be grouped into recent developments in US-Russian relations, her defense attorney said.

“Ms. Butina is not a proxy for any serious and substantial issues our country has with Russia right now, ” defense attorney Robert Driscoll told the judge Wednesday.