Seth Abramson @SethAbramson @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of Proof of Collusion (Simon & Schuster) and Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Lawyer. Oct. 26, 2019 1 min read

The full story of what Maria Butina did, told in PROOF OF COLLUSION, PROOF OF CONSPIRACY, and threads on this feed detailing her efforts to set up secret meetings with the Trump family pre-election establish *exactly* why the Kremlin considers her a "hero" 

1/ America took a woman who brazenly tried to destroy the integrity of the 2016 election and treated her as a nuisance deserving of a slap-on-the-wrist jail sentence rather than a central figure in the gravest attack on our democracy in American history. Congratulations, Kremlin!

2/ When we find foreigners in the Middle East seeking to attack America, we put them in Guantanamo for the rest of their lives. They haven't even achieved any of their objectives! When we find a Russian who successfully subverted an election, we send her home to a hero's welcome.

3/ Fifty years from now, attorneys will huddle at conferences to try to figure out why Mueller let Trump Jr. off the hook, why Butina got such a brief sentence and was allowed to go home, and why media responded so mildly to illegal behavior by Trump, Barr, and other bad actors.

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