In the case of preventing investigations into Russia, the order issued a memorandum
A federal judge in Washington accused Attorney General William Barbar’s Justice Department of misleading her and Congress about what he received from senior department officials about whether President Donald J. Trump should be taken for obstructing the investigation into Russia. Prosecute the proposed order and order the issuance of a memorandum on the matter.
Washington District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in Monday’s ruling that the Justice Department’s confusion appeared to be part of a pattern of dishonesty by senior officials such as Barr, which was investigated by Congress and the public. .
The department argued that the memo is not subject to the Public Records Act because it consists of a committee of private lawyers that Barr relied on to prosecute Trump. Although Judge Jackson thought it contained strategic recommendations, Barr and his advisers understood what their decision should be.
Speaking of Trump, Judge Jackson said: “People understand the fact that he has not been prosecuted.”
He also pointed out that Barr changed the results of the investigation in a letter that summarized a 448-page report that was summarized before its release, allowing Trump to claim that he had been exonerated.