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DOJ releases partial memo on Trump obstructio­n

The Justice Department this week released part of a 2019 memo that then–Attorney General William Barr cited to justify not charging then–President Donald Trump with obstructin­g justice in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigat­ion. DOJ lawyers said they would appeal an order to release the full document, which analyzes evidence in the Mueller report that Trump impeded the investigat­ion into Russian election interferen­ce. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson earlier this month issued a ruling harshly criticizin­g Barr, in which she said that he never genuinely weighed the evidence or considered prosecutin­g Trump, and that the memo’s real purpose was “getting a jump on public relations” before Mueller’s report went public.

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