Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. May. 15, 2019 1 min read

Why this matters: Sessions fired McCabe to ensure that Comey's chief corroborating witness at the Senate impeachment trial for obstruction that Trump feared would be thoroughly discredited. We now find Sessions had no right to make that call.  via @nybooks

1/ Remember that Trump was pressuring Sessions to fire McCabe for precisely this reason: to ensure, at any subsequent trial, that his defenders could say McCabe had been fired. Had Sessions been recused from the firing decision as he should have, McCabe would likely have retired.

2/ Needless to say, Sessions already should've recused himself from making any decisions on McCabe (as Rosenstein on the Mueller Report) because both men were/are witnesses in the obstruction case. But this shows how dangerous the self-dealing at DOJ has gotten. And it continues.

3/ Barr's kids have jobs that create conflicts for him; one *advises Trump*. He also has Alfa Bank conflicts. And has conflicts on the obstruction issue because of his 19-page "job application memo" on obstruction. But not only won't he recuse himself, he's *expanding* his reach.

4/ We already know there's no consequences for an unethical refusal to recuse at the Supreme Court level, as there's no one available to review such decisions. Given our corrupt POTUS, there's also no one available to review recusal decisions by a corrupt AG (or two corrupt AGs).

5/ The result is that McCabe has a black mark against him as a witness in a future obstruction trial, *and* Barr has visibility into a range of ongoing cases against Trump and his allies at a time we know he has lied to Congress about what he is or is not telling the White House.

6/ What we are seeing here is grave DOJ corruption, just as there is corruption at the FBI with respect to October 2016 leaks to the Trump campaign. But not only is neither form of corruption being investigated, those who are corrupt are issuing consequences to those who are not.

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