A federal appeals court ordered the DOJ memo pertaining to if Trump obstructed justice to be released.
The memo shows that The Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel did not see enough evidence to support an obstruction charge against President Donald Trump.
The Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in 2019 said prosecution of then-President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice during the Russia investigation “would not be warranted” — a recommendation that the team of lawyers gave to then-Attorney General Bill Barr at the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The DOJ released the memo Wednesday, which revealed that the OLC, which is considered to be the top legal adviser to the attorney general, found that the evidence described in Mueller’s report was “not, in our judgment, sufficient to support a conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt that the President violated the obstruction-of-justice statutes.”
“In addition, we believe that certain of the conduct examined by the Special Counsel could not, as a matter of law, support an obstruction charge under the circumstances,” states the memo written by Steven Engel, former assistant attorney general for the OLC. “Accordingly, were there no constitutional barrier, we would recommend, under the Principles of Federal Prosecution, that you decline to commence such a prosecution.”
The memo was sought by the left-leaning group the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Democrats had accused Trump of politicizing the DOJ because charges were not brought for obstruction of justice.
The memo was sought by left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), who fought a years-long legal battle to obtain the memo, in the hope it would turn up evidence of some kind of coverup to protect Trump.
That suspicion was the basis for claims by Democrats that Trump had somehow “politicized” the DOJ: if the department would not release such documents, and would not call for Trump to be prosecuted, it therefore must have been “politicized.”
Trump has been vindicated – again.