Justice Department mishandled Barr memo on Trump obstruction, appeals court says

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Justice Department mishandled and withheld parts of an internal memo to then-Attorney General Bill Barr that touched on whether former President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the scandalous Russia investigation.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision Friday, upholding a lower court ruling from last year that ordered the memo to be released.

The DOJ claims the March 2019 memo — which was sent to Barr by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and another senior department official — was part of the DOJ’s internal discussions before it was taken ruling on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into obstruction charges.

The memo addresses whether former President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.
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Therefore, they argued, the document should be exempt from public records requests.

Last year, however, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson called the argument “disingenuous” because the memo was produced at the same time as a separate letter from the Justice Department that will inform Congress and the public that the Department has concluded that Trump has not obstructed justice.

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