Will The American Public Get To See The Full Document?
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Department of Justice (DOJ) released a portion of an internal memo cited by former leaders as part of their decision concluding that former President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice. But in a court filing on late Monday, May 24, 2021, DOJ said it would seek to block the full document from being released. This is certainly a disappointment to those who have called for transparency and accountability for alleged wrongdoing during Trump years and officials who allegedly abused their power.
CREW or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a lawsuit as one of the first public tests of how the new Justice Department leaders will handle questionable activity by their predecessors. Controversy mentioned above arose in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by CREW, seeking a memo purportedly analyzed evidence about Trump’s actions during the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller (Mueller report) under the federal obstruction of justice statutes.
On the night of May 24, 2021, the Justice Department released a memo addressed to then-Attorney General William Barr from its office of legal counsel. The memo formed Barr’s decision not to charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice. John Yang gets more from Noah Bookbinder, president and CEO of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which sued for the memo’s release, in the video published on May 25, 2021, “What you need to know about the redacted Barr memo released by the DOJ“, below:
Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. Solicitor General, reacts to the “disappointing” news that the Justice Department will appeal a judge’s order requiring the disclosure of a memo that Attorney General Barr cited in deciding not prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice in the Mueller investigation and the implications of keeping this memo hidden: “To bury this is I think detrimental to what American democracy is all about.” in the video published on May 25, 2021, “DOJ Appealing Order To Release Memo On Bill Barr Not Prosecuting Trump“, below:
Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General, Neal Katyal, explains the significance of Judge Amy Berman Jackson calling former attorney general Bill Barr “disingenuous” and what kind of legal jeopardy he could be facing, in the video published on May 5, 2021, “Neal Katyal Thinks Bill Barr Should Start Thinking About Retaining Legal Counsel | MSNBC“, below:
The Department of Justice released a portion of a memo cited by former Attorney General William Barr as a reason not to pursue obstruction of justice charges against former President Donald Trump Monday night. The DOJ, however, said it is appealing a judge’s order to disclose the rest of it. Pete Williams reports, in the video published on May 25, 2021, “DOJ Partially Discloses Memo On Why Trump Wasn’t Charged With Obstruction“, below:
In the video published on May 5, 2021, “Federal Judge Calls Out Bill Barr For Lying | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC“, below:
The wait for whether Merrick Garland would accept a judge’s order to release the Bill Barr DOJ memo on whether to charge Donald Trump with obstruction of justice ended awkwardly, but as we now wait for the appeals process to play out, Rachel Maddow makes two key observations about where things stand so far, in the video published on May 26, 2021, “Things To Know About The Potential Release Of The Trump Memo | MSNBC“, below:
Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to the new Attorney General Merrick Garland to urge him to end the court battle and make the document public “in order to rebuild the nation’s trust in DOJ’s independence after four years of turmoil.”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson accused DOJ of mischaracterizing the document and being “disingenuous” with the court about its purpose and substance.
Former government ethics chief Walter Shaub tweeted, “What happens to Justice Department attorneys when a judge says affidavits they signed under oath are “not worthy of credence” and “disingenuous”? Asking for a nation.”
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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