Court Orders Release of 2019 DOJ Memo About Whether Trump Obstructed Justice

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A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release a 2019 internal memo that then-Attorney General Bill Barr had reviewed before deciding whether to prosecute then-President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in relation to the Mueller special counsel investigation.

A panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, led by Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan, came to the unanimous decision (pdf) in a case brought by the nonprofit organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government transparency group.

“Attorney General Barr cited this memo as a reason not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice,” CREW spokesperson Jordan Libowitz said in a statement. “The American people deserve to know what it says. Now they will.”

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