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The Russia investigation memo was erroneously not preserved under the Barr court rules

The Justice Department, under Attorney General William Barr, improperly withheld parts of an internal memo Barr cited in declaring that then-President Donald Trump had not committed obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. The department argued that the 2019 memo represented private discussions among its own lawyers before any decision was finalized and was therefore exempt from disclosure. In Friday’s ruling, a federal appeals court said a Justice Department memo noted that Mueller’s report does not accuse Trump of obstruction of justice, but neither does it excuse him. The internal memo said it could be interpreted as an indictment of Trump if it were made public.

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