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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.