Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Lawyer. Professor @UofNH. Columnist @Newsweek. NYT bestselling author. Proof of Conspiracy @StMartinsPress: tinyurl.com/y3co6tcr. Analyses @BBC. Views mine. Apr. 25, 2019 1 min read

I'm confused. Butina has served 9 months. CNN reported yesterday that DOJ wants 18 months ( https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/19/politics/butina-sentencing-filing/index.html ). Now we're hearing DOJ wants time served. What changed between yesterday and today? Is it that Barr intervened after reports Butina may still be a relevant witness?

1/ I admit it's highly unlikely Barr intervened for this reason. I'm just trying to figure out what happened between yesterday and today, and all I can find is this major story in Mother Jones saying that the Butina sentencing memo is incredibly revealing.  https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/new-revelations-in-maria-butina-case-highlight-russias-infiltration-efforts-in-2016/ 

2/ I suppose the other possibility is that an 18-month sentence would still allow her to be paroled after 9 months? But that's not my understanding of the sentencing in this case; I think she'd be serving much more of an 18-month sentence than that. So all this is quite strange.

3/ Until the DOJ explains this, the assumption will be that Barr wanted Butina unavailable to Congressional investigators over the next nine months as they embark on their investigations. The Butina sentencing memo certainly makes Butina an attractive witness for House Democrats.


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