Memo sheds light on decision to clear Trump in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officers who evaluated then-President Donald Trump’s actions throughout the Russia investigation concluded that nothing he did, together with firing the FBI director, rose to the extent of obstruction of justice and that there was no precedent for a prosecution, in accordance to a memo launched Wednesday.

The nine-page memo, ready for then-Attorney General William Barr by a pair of senior Justice Department officers, provided a authorized evaluation on whether or not Trump had criminally obstructed an investigation into potential ties between Russia and his 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Barr agreed with the conclusions of the March 24, 2019, memo and introduced to Congress that very same day that he had concluded that Trump’s conduct didn’t break the legislation.

Though that decision has been well-documented, the newly disclosed memo presents extra particulars about how two of the division’s senior-most leaders arrived at their decision to clear Trump of obstruction despite the fact that particular counsel Robert Mueller had pointedly declined to achieve this. It exhibits how the officers, Ed O’Callaghan and Steven Engel, had been unpersuaded that any of Trump’s actions had been supposed to illegally derail the investigation.

The division launched the memo on Wednesday following an appeals court docket ruling from final week that mentioned the doc had been improperly withheld from a authorities watchdog group that had sued for it.

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