This Barr memo, and Jackson’s current commentary on it, have reignited criticism of Barr’s dealing with of the Mueller Report’s public rollout.
“The concern that led to the Court’s ruling was that in its attempt to shield the Barr Memo from public view, DOJ inaccurately described the decision-making process that was supposedly underway,” she wrote on Monday.
She ordered the discharge of the memo in full in final month. Then the Justice Department, led by now-Attorney General Merrick Garland, selected to launch a part of it — Section I — which confirmed that the highest division officers below Trump thought-about the general public relations want of a memo clearing the President, even when the Mueller report had not exonerated him and so they had already identified he wouldn’t be charged with against the law.
Garland’s DOJ requested to enchantment the discharge of the memo’s Section II, wanting to maintain the meatier authorized evaluation of Mueller’s obstruction findings secret. Jackson agreed to permit this whereas they enchantment, in response to her nine-page resolution Monday.
The decide mentioned the general public’s curiosity in how the Justice Department leaders examined obstruction proof Mueller discovered didn’t outweigh the potential injury to the DOJ if the remainder of the memo have been to be launched instantly.
“What has been missing from the public discourse entirely, though, was why the Attorney General issued an opinion in the first place, and that was answered for the first time when DOJ complied with this Court’s order to disclose Section I. While there may be some additional public benefit in revealing the contents of Section II, the Court will not deny the Department the opportunity to challenge its ruling in order to advance that interest at this time,” Jackson wrote Monday.