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A federal judge has ordered the release of a key Justice Department memo supporting former Attorney William Barr’s conclusion that former President Donald Trump should not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice over episodes investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued that ruling in a withering opinion that accused Barr of being “disingenuous” when describing Mueller’s findings and found that the Justice Department was not candid with the court about the purpose and role of the 2019 memo prepared by Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.
The article goes on to state the following:
In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Justice Department attorneys argued that the memo was part of the process of advising Barr on whether Trump should be prosecuted, but Jackson said the analysis consisted of a post hoc rationalization of a decision already made.
Barr said at the time that he’d come to his decision “in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers,” but he did not publicize the OLC’s memo.
Barr announced the decision in a four-page letter to Congress in March 2019 and wrote that “the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Jackson wrote that Barr “appeared before Congress to deliver the report. He asserted that he and the Deputy Attorney General reached the conclusion he had announced in the March 24 letter ‘in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers. What remains at issue today is a memorandum to the Attorney General dated March 24, 2019, that specifically addresses the subject matter of the letter transmitted to Congress. It is time for the public to see that, too.”
At the time, Mueller’s team concluded that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”
“Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment,” the team added.
According to the report, the Justice Department does have the ability appeal the judge’s order to release the memo, adding that a spokesperson for the department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.
A federal judge ordered the release of a memo used by former AG Bill Barr to justify his decision not to prosecute former Pres. Trump for obstruction of justice rising from the Russia investigation. Judge Jackson has given Biden’s DOJ 2 wks to respond to order, per @alex_mallin
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) May 4, 2021
BREAKING: A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to turn over a memo cited by then-Attorney General Bill Barr as his reasoning not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice https://t.co/DKmlvtRP28
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 4, 2021
“Not only was the Attorney General being disingenuous then, but DOJ has been disingenuous to this Court.”
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 4, 2021
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