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Barr Was Told Trump’s Mueller Actions Defensive, Not a Crime, 2019 Memo Shows

  • DOJ lawyers recommended no criminal action against president
  • Ethics group says memo is “breathtakingly generous” to Trump
Bill Barr

Bill Barr

Photographer: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg

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The US Justice Department released a 2019 memo to then-attorney general Bill Barr advising him not to charge then-President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice over the Russia probe. 

The document, whose release was ordered by a federal appeals court last week, sheds new light on Barr’s reason for not charging Trump after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report outlined several possible incidents of obstruction.